7 Rooms with a View

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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.
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  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

    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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  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  Photo by: Zubin Shroff

    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

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  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  Photo by: Richard Powers

    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

    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 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.

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  “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  Photo by: Gregg Segal

    “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

    Photo by: Gregg Segal

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  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  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

    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

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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  New Zealand transplant Debbie Gibbs and her young sun retreat from their chaotic New York city life to their serene prefab home in Lake Iosco, New Jersey. “The house’s narrow footprint works for us in terms of maximum exposure to the lake,” says Gibbs (shown here with son Blake and dog Max on the shore of Lake Iosco). "The old house was like a cave, and I wanted this house to be the opposite: a pavilion where you didn’t feel enclosed at all." Photo by: Mark Mahaney

    New Zealand transplant Debbie Gibbs and her young sun retreat from their chaotic New York city life to their serene prefab home in Lake Iosco, New Jersey. “The house’s narrow footprint works for us in terms of maximum exposure to the lake,” says Gibbs (shown here with son Blake and dog Max on the shore of Lake Iosco). "The old house was like a cave, and I wanted this house to be the opposite: a pavilion where you didn’t feel enclosed at all." Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  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  Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    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

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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