Casa Caldera

15 miles north of the Mexican border in Arizona rests the Casa Caldera, a quaint and serene marvel in residential modernism that doesn’t rest on the ground so much as it disappears into it. Tucson based architecture firm DUST have painted a nostalgic desert masterpiece that carefully measures materiality versus ecology, protection versus exposure, man-made versus natural. It carries with it an intimate relationship with the land it occupies, and is a contemporary case study of how good residential architecture can be. Continue reading


Mask House

The Mask House concept presents a gloomy, ominous yet inviting facade perfect for a hazy overcast sky and a few misty pockets of fog. Designed by WOJR Architects, this project is defined by its rigid geometric expressions and soft, surprisingly light interiors that provide a bizarre yet appropriate formal juxtaposition. The home is set perfectly within its serene landscape, and even takes design cues from the surrounding marshy forest. Continue reading


Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins

The treehouse craze has hit an all-time high, with people going to the far reaches of the world’s deepest darkest forests for a brief chance to live among nature’s most abundant organism. The Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins are sure to scratch this indelible itch. Designed by HGA Architects, the Camper Cabins attract scores of tourists every year because of their auspicious stature and inherent connection to the stunning Minnesota countryside. Living amongst the trees has never been so en vogue. Continue reading


Texel Holiday Home

On the smallest Dutch island of Texel, there are equal populations of sheep and humans, and found scattered throughout the rolling grassy hills are isolated gabled roof structures that would typically contain supplies, tools, and hay. This exceptional holiday home, from Benthem Crouwel Architects, is meant to mimic the contextual and conceptual aesthetic of those traditional sheds while providing the inhabitants with a cozy modern retreat unlike anything we’ve seen. Continue reading


Getaway Tiny Houses

The Getaway Tiny Houses offers their guests a breath of fresh air – literally. With just a click of a keyboard button or a tap on your mobile device, you will soon be sitting in your own wooded getaway cabin set outside the city noise and workplace clutter. Oh, and did I mention the exact location of the cabins is a secret? Continue reading


Linear Cabin

The appropriately named Linear Cabin is a formally pure architectural interruption in an otherwise tree-populated site in the heart of Wisconsin. And I mean that in the best possible way. Johnsen Schmaling Architects have dropped this beautifully designed residential object on the land with purpose and conceptual intent. It’s simplicity lends itself to both economy of space and economy of budget. Standing at just 900 square feet, this modern cabin is just the kind of statement residential design often lacks. Continue reading


FAHouse

The FA House is a contemporary evolution of the traditional A-frame cabin vernacular – a stunning example of sensitivity to materiality and connectivity to landscape and place. Architect Jean Verville started with a stunning tree-blanketed site and a pure geometric expression. From there he pushed, prodded, plucked and pruned that formal simplicity into something that suspends disbelief and cements itself as a welcome addition to an already incredible place. Continue reading

Villa Boreale

A steep gabled roof emerges from behind a snowy hill and blends in with the tightly clumped furry green pine trees surrounding it. The Villa Boreale is slowly revealed: a modern scandinavian-inspired cabin designed by Cargo Architecture for a young couple looking to nest in the frigid wilderness of Charlevoix, Quebec. Banks of snow nestle up to the foundation and engulf the place where structure starts and ground begins, marking the start of a wondrous piece of architecture that is perfectly crafted for the tiny plot of land it inhabits. Continue reading

Southern Highlands House

Sometimes architecture takes on forms unearthed from the unexpected, venturing into uncharted territory to present something truly unique and special. The Southern Highlands House by Benn + Penna Architecture should be viewed first as one of these instances, and second as a carefully crafted architectural object that does almost everything right. Convention was dropped off at mile post one as the designers looked to the land, to the past, and to the future to come up with something extraordinary. Continue reading

Laurentian Ski Chalet

The ski cabin is a well known and cherished architectural archetype. The steeply pitched roof. The high foundation. The dark wood and sweeping views and living room fireplace surrounded by natural stone stained with ash. The Laurentian Ski Chalet by Robitaille Curtis Architects is one of these cabins. It embraces the traditional design footing of the ski lodge while exploring formal and material ideas that result in shattering the mold we’ve all become so familiar with. Trust me, it’s a good thing. Continue reading