7 Modern Getaways

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June 28, 2013
In honor of the summer travel season, we've collected 7 modern getaways in far-flung locations from India to New Zealand to Greece.
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  “My dream was of a summerhouse whose design 
alone, rather than any added-on decoration, made it beautiful,” says resident Achilleas Mourtzouchos. 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 his vacation house in Skiathos, Greece, a paragon of indoor-outdoor living. Photo by: Andrea Wyner  Photo by: Andrea Wyner

    “My dream was of a summerhouse whose design 
alone, rather than any added-on decoration, made it beautiful,” says resident Achilleas Mourtzouchos. 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 his vacation house in Skiathos, Greece, a paragon of indoor-outdoor living. Photo by: Andrea Wyner

    Photo by: Andrea Wyner

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  Located an hour's drive from Mumbai, a vacation house designed by Bijoy Jain features sliding doors and louvered windows that user in cooling sea breezes.

    Located an hour's drive from Mumbai, a vacation house designed by Bijoy Jain features sliding doors and louvered windows that user in cooling sea breezes.

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  By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built a high-design vacation home for just $70 per square foot. Photo by Mauricio Alejo  Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

    By pooling their resources and giving their architect complete creative control, two busy Mexico City–based brothers built a high-design vacation home for just $70 per square foot. Photo by Mauricio Alejo

    Photo by: Mauricio Alejo

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  Architect Preston Scott Cohen resurrected an early 1800s barn as a vacation home for a literary couple and their family, calling to mind both the agrarian spaciousness of the structure’s former life and the vernacular of its new function as a house. Photo by: Raimund Koch

    Architect Preston Scott Cohen resurrected an early 1800s barn as a vacation home for a literary couple and their family, calling to mind both the agrarian spaciousness of the structure’s former life and the vernacular of its new function as a house. Photo by: Raimund Koch

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  With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, a Kiwi architect and his wife have built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular. Photo by: Matthew WIlliams  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams

    With authenticity and simplicity as their rallying cry, a Kiwi architect and his wife have built a modern beach house that puts a fresh spin on the local vernacular. Photo by: Matthew WIlliams

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together. Photos by Ty Cole  Photo by: Ty ColeCourtesy of: © TY COLE

    Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together. Photos by Ty Cole

    Photo by: Ty Cole

    Courtesy of: © TY COLE

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  Every third weekend, Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton leave the bustle of San Diego and head over to their second house at the foot of the craggy Santa Rosa Mountains in the idyllic little Anza-Borrego Desert resort town of Borrego Springs. The open-plan house was built in 1980 in a style that references Le Corbusier’s white planes and deep overhangs. Photo by: JUCO  Photo by: JUCO

    Every third weekend, Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton leave the bustle of San Diego and head over to their second house at the foot of the craggy Santa Rosa Mountains in the idyllic little Anza-Borrego Desert resort town of Borrego Springs. The open-plan house was built in 1980 in a style that references Le Corbusier’s white planes and deep overhangs. Photo by: JUCO

    Photo by: JUCO

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