Carolina Vago transforms horse stables into country home in Argentina

Argentinan studio Carolina Vago Arquitectura has added a metal and glass volume on top of old horse stables to create this rural holiday home. The Stables, or Las Caballerizas, is a remote property nestled into a mountainside in Salta in northwest Argentina. The project was formerly a ranch where the owner grew up. Carolina Vago […]

Summer house on steel stilts sits amongst the treetops in Sweden

Johan Sundberg Arkitektur has designed a holiday home raised on twelve steel stilts on a steep slope near the sea in Mölle, Sweden. Most of the visible parts of the house’s structure, which called Summerhouse Solviken, are coloured green to match the surrounding trees. A long staircase connects from the street level to a long, […]

John Pawson designs his own minimalist rural retreat

Home Farm is John Pawson‘s self-designed minimalist second home in the Cotswolds, England, featuring three kitchens but no clutter. John Pawson, a British designer known for his minimalism, converted the farming complex that dates from 1610 into a family retreat in the English countryside. His signature minimalist style, displayed in projects including the recent renovation […]

Hacker Architects builds High Desert Residence in volcanic Oregon landscape

Fragmented wood-clad walls enclose outdoor patios that wrap this remote Oregon house by local firm Hacker Architects. High Desert Residence is a four-bedroom holiday home in Bend, Oregon designed for an active couple. “This house is designed as a regular weekend sanctuary, and a getaway for their extended family – a place where everyone can […]

Timber walls pivot to open holiday home to the outdoors in Australia

Moving walls and decked terraces connect the four interlinked pavilions of a holiday home in Point Lonsdale on Australia‘s southern coast by Edition Office – Dezeen’s Emerging architect of the year. Point Lonsdale House is oriented east-west along a narrow site, opening up to a garden to the north while remaining more private to the south. […]

Seven unique homes on Dungeness beach

Over the past decade a succession of architects have designed holiday homes among the fisherman’s huts in the shadow of a nuclear power station on Dungeness beach, Kent. Here are seven of the most interesting. Black Rubber Beach House by Simon Conder Associates, 2003 Simon Conder Associates wrapped a fisherman’s hut built in the the […]

Arch Studio surrounds holiday house in China with covered courtyards

A brick holiday home in Tangshan, China designed by Arch Studio has four external terraces partially sheltered under a pitched roof. Replacing a demolished wooden dwelling, the site is near to an organic food plant and a Buddhist shrine also completed by Arch Studio. Aptly named Courtyard Villa, the holiday home is an inversion of […]

Studio Holmberg designs pine-clad holiday home to blends into Swedish seaside setting

This pine-clad summer house on a rocky outcrop on a small island in Sweden‘s archipelago of Gothenburg features minimal plywood interiors designed to highlight the island’s dramatic landscape. Created as a holiday home for a retired couple, Villa Vassdal was designed by Gothenburg-based Studio Holmberg to blend with its coastal surrounds. The house is built […]

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 […]

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