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October 12, 2013
Islands provide their inhabitants with a sense of peace, and their architects with a set of real challenges, from rough topography to sites reachable only by boat. See how the two merge beautifully in the following island retreats we love.
Andrew Geller modern beach house Fire Island

547 Beachcomber Walk by architect Andrew Geller (1958-61), Fire Island. Restoration helmed by Larson and Paul Architects in 2006.

Originally appeared in Must-See Modern Beach Houses on Fire Island Tour
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In Præstø, on the Danish island of Zealand, a guesthouse infuses the regional vernacular with Japanese influence. Copenhagen-based architect Martin Kallesø was tasked with a simple program: create a freestanding guest room so that visitors have a private and cozy place to lay their heads. What ensued was a mashup of local influence, Japanese stylings and irregular geometry.

Originally appeared in Guesthouse in Præstø, Denmark
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Cedar slats mark the facade of Floating House, Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario. On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic. Photo by Raimund Koch

Originally appeared in 10 Modern Gables
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"Concrete guru” Mike Lynch helped pour the foundation into the a’a lava. The steel frame was erected by Richard Jones, who usually works on big-box stores in Honolulu.

Along the ever-expanding coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island, an architect and his family exchange fast-paced city life for a different kind of flow—the geological kind. Photo by Linny Morris.

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Originally appeared in Go With the Flow
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plane house greece outdoor pool

A far cry from the whitewashed buildings of Mykonos, this vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos will make any modern design fan go Greek. Stone walls, a pine tree exploding out of a deep overhang, iroko decking, outdoor rooms, a glassy swimming pool, and endless views of the sea make this home a paragon of indoor-outdoor living. Photo by Andrea Wyner.

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Originally appeared in An Idyllic Vacation Home in Greece
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Modern outdoor roof pool

In a quiet corner of the famed Spanish party island, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive home. The architects discreetly sunk a pool into the roof terrace of the old corral. In order to shade part of the terrace, the architects designed a freestanding sun shelter. So as not to damage the outer walls of the old building, a galvanized-steel frame is secured to the terrace floor. A bamboo-reed covering projects a soft, filtered light onto the outdoor living area below. Photo by Albert Font.

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Originally appeared in This Designer Escapes to Ibiza for Some Peace and Quiet
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Two Black Sheds incorporates all the conventional aspects of a weekend retreat in a rather unconventional way.

A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat on Madeline Island, a few miles off the coast of Wisconsin, adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color. Two Black Sheds incorporates all the conventional aspects of a weekend retreat in a rather unconventional way. Photo by Chad Holder

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Andrew Geller modern beach house Fire Island

547 Beachcomber Walk by architect Andrew Geller (1958-61), Fire Island. Restoration helmed by Larson and Paul Architects in 2006.

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