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.
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.
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.
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.
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.