Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House in coastal Florida goes up for auction

A red “cannonball” pulley system is among the distinctive features of a 1950s beach house by American architect Paul Rudolph that will be auctioned off next week by Sotheby’s. The Walker Guest House is a highlight of a design auction held twice yearly by Sotheby‘s, which is headquartered in New York. During the Important Design […]

Maldives villa The Muraka has a bedroom under the sea

This luxury holiday home in the Maldives has an aquarium-like underwater bedroom suite where guests can watch marine life while they rest, wash and get dressed. Local architect Ahmed Saleem teamed with New York firm Yuji Yamazaki to design The Muraka as a private holiday villa at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort. It comprises […]

La Firme turns abandoned shed into Quebec home The Barn

Montreal architect Louis Beliveau of La Firme studio has overhauled a decrepit barn in Quebec by turning its hollow core into a holiday home for two city dwellers. La Firme‘s Louis Beliveau worked with architect Michel Lemieux on the project, which involved disassembling an old shed and moving it to a new location on a […]

Heliotrope tucks Collector’s Retreat into lush wooded site in coastal Washington

American studio Heliotrope Architects has created a holiday home for art gallery owners that is wrapped in dark metal, punctured with white stucco and large stretches of glass. Collector’s Retreat is located on a forested site on Orcas Island, which lies just off the coast of northern Washington. It serves as a second home for […]

Pack your bags and join us on tour with this week’s travel-inspired Pinterest boards

To celebrate being shortlisted for the Pinterest UK Awards 2019 in its travel tips category, we’re whisking you away to boards featuring places to stay around the world. Visit alluring hotels in the US, harmonious holiday homes and Greek houses that look like a little glimpse of heaven by following Dezeen on Pinterest › The […]

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 […]

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