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.
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.
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.