Kapsimalis Architects converts caves for summer houses on Greek island

The vaulted forms and underground caves of an old house on the Greek island of Santorini have been converted into a holiday home complex by Kapsimalis Architects. Located in the town of Fira, the components of the existing compound –  including walled courtyards, a donkey barn and three small caves for storage  – have been […]

Cabins in Ontario by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple topped with massive hip roofs

Shiplap siding, glazed walls and large hip roofs form the exterior of holiday homes designed by Canadian studio MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects for an upscale resort island in Ontario‘s Muskoka region. The Bigwin Island Club Cabins are part of a planned community on a 210-hectare island in the Lake of Bays, located about 260 kilometres north […]

Mas Fernandez designs BL House to embrace natural setting in Valparaíso

A folded metal roof tops this holiday home by Chilean firm Mas Fernandez Arquitectos, which was built using simple, cost-effective materials. The BL House is located in Aguas Claras, a coastal area in Chile‘s Valparaíso region. Nestled within a hilly, tree-covered landscape, the house was designed to provide a strong connection to the “peaceful, native […]

Skylights create rainbow patterns inside cedar-covered Cocoon House by Nina Edwards Anker

Coloured skylights offer rainbow-hued illuminations on one side of this holiday cottage that Nina Edwards Anker has designed in Long Island, while the other is covered in cedar shingles. Architect and designer Edwards Anker, who runs New York’s Nea Studio, completed the Cocoon House in Southampton, a seaside town on the South Fork of Long […]

Two gabled black cabins form summer retreat on an Estonian beach

Two gabled cabins with pitch-black exteriors form a holiday house on Matsi Beach in Estonia, built on the remains of a Soviet-era fishing village by architect Hanna Karits. The summer house sits on the seaside surrounded by old fishing sheds and the wooden skeletons of boats. The two gabled forms sit on axis with one […]

Self-sustaining cabins on tiny Finnish island are heated by a sauna stove

Finnish designers Aleksi Hautamaki and Milla Selkimaki have built a self-sufficient summer house on the five-acre island they own on the edge of Finland‘s Archipelago National Park. Called Project Ö, after the Swedish word for island, two cabins on the site house living spaces and bedrooms, as well as a workshop and sauna. In order […]

House of Many Vaults “kneels down” towards shrine in Lebanese mountains

LEFT Architects has built a house with a giant vaulted roof in the mountains of the village Niha that is designed to kneel down to one of Lebanon’s most visited religious sites. Aptly named House of Many Vaults, it is distinguished by its sweeping roof composed of multiple vaults that both dictate the home’s internal […]

Johnson Naylor and MS-DA create Dungeness holiday home on site of radar station

Two dilapidated sheds built in 1961 on the shingle beach of Dungeness in Kent have been replaced with a cosy holiday home by London studios MS-DA and Johnson Naylor. The corrugated metal structure with its interlocking pitched roofs replaces a pair of sheds that were built in the 1960s to test radar equipment. The project […]

Bornstein Lyckefors builds pale green cabin on rural Swedish island

Architecture studio Bornstein Lyckefors chose an unusual shade of green for the exterior of Granholmen, a humble cabin on the Swedish island of Kallaxön. Although many of Sweden’s wooden cottages and barns are famously painted in a distinctive shade of red, there is no history of that colour being used on the islands of the […]

Tropical plants cover villas at Wyndham Garden Phú Quốc resort in Vietnam

Plant-covered rooms surround private swimming pools at Wyndham Garden Phú Quốc, a holiday resort that MIA Design Studio is building on Vietnam’s largest island. Ho Chi Minh City-based MIA Design Studio has completed the first of more than 150 villas that are being constructed on the seven-hectare site, which is located to the south of […]

Burgers Architecture designs holiday home on “the edge of the sea” in Vancouver

Canadian studio Burgers Architecture has built a vacation home on Vancouver‘s Bowen Island with gabled volumes that culminate in glass walls to overlook the region’s waterway. The house is built on a rocky promontory on Bowen Island, an island to the north of Downtown Vancouver. Burgers Architecture designed the holiday home to harness the ruggedness […]

M-Rad designs accessible tiny cabin for California campground

American firm M-Rad has created a compact, movable cabin with design elements to accommodate people with disabilities, including a shower with a seat and doorways wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through. The X-Suite dwelling is featured at Autocamp Yosemite, a glamping site in northern California that offers a range of accommodations, from tents […]

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. […]

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