In 1952, a trio of modernist masterminds collaborated on a low-slung home in Columbus, Indiana, for the late industrialist J. Irwin Miller. Eero Saarinen designed the building, Alexander Girard coordinated the interiors, and Dan Kiley handled the landscape architecture. Open to the public since May 2011, the space is now owned and cared for by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Karen Kiest's plot of land on Marrowstone Island, Washington, suffered from a dearth of buildable space. Rather than building up, she chose a horizontal prefab structure designed by Chris Pardo for Method Homes that feels spacious thanks to an open interior plan and a sprawling wooden deck.
A lakeside retreat on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, consists of a bifurcated cabin centered on a plinth. Dubbed “Two Black Sheds” (for obvious reasons), the unique island getaway sits low amidst the surrounding four and half acres of forest.
A steel-and-glass residence 100 miles south of Brisbane, Australia, nestles neatly into the hinterland near the surfing mecca of Byron Bay. Its stretched veranda form contains a bright, open interior.
A horizontal prefab prototype designed by Marmol Radziner and Associates is a perfect match for the sprawling desert landscape of southern California, where you don’t have to be high up to get a breathtaking view of the distant mountains.
The simple, open floor plan of a hillside prefab home in Sonoma, California, is well suited to its 87-year-old resident.
On the east coast of Denmark, just ten miles south of Århus, a summer retreat occupies a pastoral plot of land with an overgrown garden and rolling hill. The exterior of the one-story house is clad in horizontal wood panels that give the building an elongated appearance.
A low-lying weekend retreat in Sonoma County consists of two simple, flat-roofed volumes that form a T-shape.
Thanks to a bit of elbow grease and a lot of vision, the near-derelict 1957 home of architect Arthur Witthoefft was restored to its former glory. The 25-by-95-foot rectangle, composed of a black steel frame, white glazed brick, and floor-to-ceiling sliders, is a charming example of Miesian simplicity.
In Sebastopol, California, a welcoming family home lies low in a century-old apple orchard, far from neighboring houses. The teenage son gets around via a power wheelchair, so the single-story structure was designed to be completely accessible, inside and out.