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July 17, 2013
You may not be able to get away from your desk today, but you can take a short visual vacation courtesy of these eight scenes from the Dwell archives. Picture yourself in any one of these amazing homes that inspire a nice deep breath and a sense of relaxation.
Modern sustainable house by the beach

TUNQUEN TREASURE

A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer. The Casa Cuatro sits above a 180-foot cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The locally quarried stone makes the house blend in with the landscape and acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it through the evening.

Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

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Originally appeared in Tunquen Treasure
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Beach house living room view of outside

BACH TO THE BEACH

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. The bach’s beachfront site is nestled behind sand dunes with views toward Kapiti Island, a nature sanctuary.

Photo by: Matthew Williams

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Originally appeared in Bach to the Beach
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sublime finishing touch coastal home

WOOD-CLAD SEASIDE RETREAT IN INDIA

It’s hard to believe that this idyllic house sited in a coastal coconut grove in Nandgaon, India, is a mere hour’s drive from bustling Mumbai. The pool that runs between the two structures of the home contrasts the choppy white-capped ocean with tranquil charm, making it a favorite spot for the vacationing family of four, who spend weekends here at the retreat.

Originally appeared in A Look at Waterfront Homes
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The lake, seen from the pool. The patio doors are held open by rocks that Gomez-Pimienta collected on various pilgrimages: Taliesin West in Arizona, Chateau Neuf du Pape in France, and others.

REFLECTIONS ON A LAKE

Unobtrusively distinct from its neighbors, a weekend house in Mexico assimilates the colors of the surrounding landscape on surfaces of glass, steel, and concrete. The lake can be seen from the pool. The patio doors are held open by rocks that Gomez-Pimienta collected on various pilgrimages: Taliesin West in Arizona, Chateau Neuf du Pape in France, and others.

Photo by: Paco Perez / Alluro

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Originally appeared in Reflections on a Lake
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It’s mid-morning on the lanai. Cathy reads a Dr. Seuss book to Zane while Craig chats with a client about a project he’s working on back in San Francisco.

GO WITH THE FLOW

Along the ever-expanding coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island, an architect and his family exchange fast-paced city life for a different kind of flow—the geological kind. It’s mid-morning on the lanai. Cathy reads a Dr. Seuss book to Zane while Craig chats with a client about a project he’s working on back in San Francisco.

Photo by: Linny Morris

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Originally appeared in Go With the Flow
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Dougal James-Robertson explains that with all the glass doors open, the couple is “fully in touch with whatever’s happening naturally.” Contrary to what the image here portrays, this is not always a good thing, as the weather can pack a wallop with intens

INCLINED TO RELAX

Hidden on a hill overlooking Australia’s Pittwater Bay, Rob Brown’s design for the James-Robertson house happily opens itself (and its occupants) to all that Mother Nature can dish out.

Photo by: Richard Powers

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Originally appeared in Inclined to Relax
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FLOATING HOUSE, LAKE HURON

On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic. Cedar slats mark the facade of Floating House, Doug and Becca Worple's lake house in Ontario.

Photo by: Raimund Koch

Originally appeared in 10 Modern Gables
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ON THE ROCK

Katja and Adam Thom’s cabin, on an exposed postglacial archipelago in Canada’s windswept Georgian Bay, is more than eight miles from the nearest road. The house is perched in the midst of an astonishing landscape. The rocky islands here were violently scraped clean by glaciers more than ten thousand years ago.

Photo by: Mark Giglio

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Originally appeared in On the Rock
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The Stroj's son watches the Ocean.

CLIFFTOP HOUSE WITH ANGLED ROOF IN MAUI

With an angled roof designed to resemble the surrounding cliffs, a house in Maui, Hawaii, is built to meld with the landscape. The clients cite Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mrs. Clinton Walker House in Carmel, California, as a very loose inspiration for the design of their house. From the deck off the kitchen and living area, Miha, nine years old, takes in an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean.

photo by: Cristóbal Palma

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Originally appeared in Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui
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Modern sustainable house by the beach

TUNQUEN TREASURE

A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer. The Casa Cuatro sits above a 180-foot cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The locally quarried stone makes the house blend in with the landscape and acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it through the evening.

Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

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