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July 30, 2014
Dreaming of faraway places? Let these houses that smartly respond to their beautiful surroundings serve as your visual getaway.
Modern concrete house in Hawaii with bridge going across pool

This house built on a Hawaiian lava flow is a stunning feat in site-poured concrete.

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Originally appeared in This House Conquers the Big Island in Hawaii
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modern beach house thatch roof living dining bar cart

In this El Salvadorean beach house, it's nearly impossible to tell if you're inside or outside, thanks to interior gardens and minimal dividing walls.

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Originally appeared in How to Design with Yellow
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houlder residence interior

This home on Scotland’s Isle of Skye makes the perfect, tranquil retrat. "Simple materials, vaulted spaces, and uncluttered interiors give a sense of peace as you would find in a place of worship,” says architect Neil Stephen.

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Originally appeared in A Modern Home on Scotland's Isle of Skye
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Casa serpiente exterior entrance

This contemporary home in Lima, Peru with a sweeping grass driveway wraps around existing trees in its central courtyard.

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Cristobal Palma
Originally appeared in A Modern Concrete Home in Peru
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plane house greece driveway

This modern home with jaw-dropping views on the Aegean island of Skiathos uses dry-stacked slate quarried from a nearby island as a nod to its location.

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Originally appeared in An Idyllic Vacation Home in Greece
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exterior house facade

This geometric, glass-faced home in Phoenix provides the ideal vantage point of the Arizona landscape.

Originally appeared in 5 Prefab Desert Homes
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The location on the shores of a small bay means it is sheltered from cold southerly winds. The alpine location provided plenty of inspiration for landscaping, which Ritchie and Kerr elected to keep as minimal as possible, as if the home had landed on its

This angled, wood-and-steel home on Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand perfect tucks into its rocky terrain.

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Originally appeared in Nature Nurtured
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Massachusetts house of Toshiko Mori with modern wood and steel facade

This Martha's Vineyard home features an inverted hip roof that elevates the ceilings at the edges rather than the middle, opening the rooms to sunshine, sea breezes, and panoramic vistas.

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Originally appeared in Modern Martha's Vineyard Retreat
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Modern concrete house in Hawaii with bridge going across pool

This house built on a Hawaiian lava flow is a stunning feat in site-poured concrete.

Photo by Ian Allen.

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