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May 2, 2013
As architect Frank Lloyd Wright once advised his students, "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." Inspired by the great outdoors, these seven homes from around the globe come fully equipped with a plentiful view, whether on a serene Greek island or California coastal town Big Sur. For more indoor/outdoor love, be sure to check out our issue dedicated to homes that celebrate life outside.
plane house greece living room

The living room in this picturesque vacation home in Skiathos, Greece dons a trio of Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son's sculptural wooden Shell chairs and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Photo by: Andrea Wyner

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Originally appeared in An Idyllic Vacation Home in Greece
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The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the recently completed home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.

Quietly situated atop Emigration Canyon, the Jespersen residence in Salt Lake City, Utah features oversize sliding doors, a flat roof, and mindful attention to geometric principles. Says architect and homeowner Brent Jespersen, "You’ve got the stars, you’ve got the canyon, you’ve got a beer in your hand—who wouldn’t want that?”  Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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Originally appeared in Modern Awakening
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Dougal James-Robertson studies the expansive views that extend all the way to the Barrenjoey headland many miles away with the use of a handy telescope. The sliding glass wall makes the kitchen feel like an outdoor room.

Dougal James-Robertson and a furry companion study the Barrenjoey headland's expansive view from the kitchen of their waterfront home in Great Mackerel Beach, Australia. Photo by: Richard Powers

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Originally built and designed by Richard Clements, the glass and wood clad Partington Point House in Big Sur, California was masterfully renovated in 1995 by green architect Mickey Muennig. “I think it’s good for people to observe all things,” Muennig responds simply. “And to live with them.” Click here to see more of Muennig's organic creations.

Originally appeared in Coastal Commissions
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The iT House is an exploration of the couple's architectural ideas, built with the help of friends over many weekends away from Los Angeles. It brings the precise and the cool together with the wild and untamed.

“I didn’t realize how much being out in a space like that was important to me until we built this house," says architect Alan Koch of his minimalist-designed 1,100-square-foot house in Pioneertown, California. A Bosch aluminum framing system and perforated steel decking creates a futuristic, yet industrial feel to the desert shelter. Photo by: Gregg Segal

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The view from the interior living room windows of the Douglas House.

Michael McCarthy and Marcia Myers take in the expanse of Lake Michigan inside their Richard Meier-designed home in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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Originally appeared in On the Waterfront
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Modern balcony deck with wooden ceiling and metal fence

Architect Bruce Bolander and Heidi Wright rest on Sunbrella fabric upholstered chairs designed by Bolander, while Dave Keffer leans against a metal fence on the deck of Wright and Keffer's Malibu canyon house. Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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Originally appeared in Malibu Canyon House with a View
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plane house greece living room

The living room in this picturesque vacation home in Skiathos, Greece dons a trio of Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son's sculptural wooden Shell chairs and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Photo by: Andrea Wyner

Photo by Andrea Wyner.

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