ARRCC builds “afro-minimalist” safari lodge in South African wildlife reserve

Architecture and interiors studio ARRCC has completed a safari retreat in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a South African park that is home to elephants, lions, rhinos, giraffes, hippos and cheetahs. Cape Town-based ARRCC aimed to create an “afro-minimalist” aesthetic at Cheetah Plains, by combining traditional safari-style architecture with more simple, contemporary details. Smooth concrete […]

MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple’s Horizon retreat for creatives tops Utah’s Powder Mountain

Canadian studio MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has staggered cedar-clad chalets on Utah‘s Powder Mountain to form this retreat for creative entrepreneurs. Perched at an elevation of 9,000 feet (2,743 metres), Horizon is a new development located atop a popular ski resort destination in the midwestern United States. Canadian architecture studio MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple has completed the first phase […]

Studio Andrew Trotter models Villa Cardo on traditional houses in Puglia

A series of minimal white blocks interlock to form this holiday home by Studio Andrew Trotter, which takes cues from local architecture in Puglia. Named Villa Cardo, the four-bedroom dwelling is designed for a couple who wanted a peaceful summer retreat amidst olive groves in Carovigno, a town in the south of Italy. Studio Andrew Trotter […]

Snøhetta unveils pentagonal walker’s cabin overlooking Oslofjord

Fuglemyrhytta is a self-service cabin designed by Snøhetta for walkers trekking near Vettakollen, Norway, to take advantage of the views across the Oslofjord. Perched on a hill north of Oslo, which has views across the city to the fjord, the building is designed to be a holiday home for families or small school groups. Open year-round, […]

Valbæk Brørup Architects designs barrel-vaulted cabin in Danish forest

A barrel-vault topped with corrugated steel forms the dramatic pine living space within this summer cabin near the town of Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark. Designed by Copenhagen studio Valbæk Brørup Architects the cabin, called Vibo Tværveh and reminiscent of an agricultural structure, is 200 metres from the coast and surrounded by forest. “We wanted to create a house with a […]

J_Spy uses concrete blocks to form Catskills House in the New York countryside

The husband-and-wife team behind American firm J_Spy have created a retreat for their family in Upstate New York that features a compact interior and basic materials like concrete masonry and standing-seam metal. Envisioned as a weekend gateway for the urban family, the Catskills House is located in Sullivan County, an area known for its rolling […]

Solo Arquitetos builds Brazilian holiday home Casa do Lago using reclaimed bricks and local stones

Brazilian firm Solo Arquitetos sourced red-hued stones from a local quarry and repurposed bricks from a defunct factory to build this vacation home near Brazil‘s Paranapanema river. The holiday home is located in Alvorada do Sul, a small municipality roughly 500 kilometres from São Paulo. The owners previously owned a factory, which was demolished and provided […]

Johan Sundberg completes Swedish holiday home that takes cues from Japanese architecture

Architect Johan Sundberg has borrowed elements from traditional Japanese houses to create Sommarhus T, a holiday home on Sweden’s south coast. Located in a pine forest in Ljunghusen, the house provides a modest summer retreat for a family of four. A key aspect of the brief was to provide a strong connection with the setting. […]

Champalimaud revitalises hurricane-ravaged Su Casa villa in Puerto Rico

New York studio Champalimaud has transformed a 1920s residence that was destroyed by a hurricane into a luxury holiday home on a resort in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Called Su Casa, the property forms part of the Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which was ravaged by the Caribbean island’s deadly Hurricane Maria in 2017. The residence was […]

Eight New York residences ideal for celebrating the start of summer

As the weather warms up in the US, we’ve picked out eight houses in New York’s Long Island that are perfect for relaxing, including a bayside residence with an infinity pool by Marvel Architects and a beachfront home topped with grass by Mapos Studio. Peconic House by Mapos Studio This linear home by New York […]

Curving terraces surround Villa Mosca Bianca by Design Haus Liberty

Design Haus Liberty has built a lake house in Italy with a series of living spaces connected to rounded terraces that extend out like petals from a flower. The studio, led by architect and Dezeen Awards judge for 2018 Dara Huang, designed Villa Mosca Bianca as a holiday home for a retired couple who wanted a place […]

Vibeke Lichten designs her own concrete Eco House for secluded New York island

A micro vineyard, a rooftop garden and an abundance of artwork are among the features in an island retreat that New York architect Vibeke Lichten has created for her family. The Eco House is located on Shelter Island, which sits between the North and South Forks of the Long Island peninsula. The small island, which has a […]

Laura Álvarez Architecture transforms stone ruin into zero-energy Villa Slow

This holiday home in Spain by Laura Álvarez Architecture is built from the walls of a stone ruin and generates more energy that it consumes. Named Villa Slow, the dwelling replaces a former ruin found in rolling hills in the natural park of Valles Pasiegos. It is designed to have minimal impact on its environment, and […]

Ryall Sheridan raises Wetlands House above coastal site on New York’s Long Island

American studio Ryall Sheridan Architects has elevated this cedar-clad holiday home on New York’s Long Island to allow floodwaters to pass underneath. Wetlands House is located in the hamlet of Orient, which occupies the very tip of Long Island‘s North Fork. Designed as a weekend getaway for a Brooklyn couple, the three-bedroom dwelling sits on a […]

Atelier Boom-Town completes Quebec getaway “like a piece of driftwood”

Montreal architecture firm Atelier Boom-Town has covered this holiday home overlooking the estuary of Quebec‘s Saint Lawrence River in cedar planks that will gradually silver in contact with the sea air. The holiday residence named Driftwood Chalet was completed in Quebec’s La Malbaie. The area known for views of the estuary, which is located downstream […]

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