“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

A Sustainably Built Home in Rural Ontario
For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.
Sustainable, Rural Design by Auburn's Rural Studio
A director and professor at Auburn’s acclaimed architectural lab talk about the next 20 years of sustainable, rural design.
This Converted Barn in the English Countryside Stays True to its Historic Roots
In a life-changing move, homeowners Hannah Smith and Jeremy Witt reside in a caravan in the rural landscape of Suffolk, England,...
Design Students Build Seven Modern Sheds in Rural Vermont
A chicken coop, a mobile sauna, and a sugar shack are just a few of the "rural interventions" built by architecture students in...
Modern Angular Rural Family Home in Canada
Surrounded on all sides by a sweeping Canadian hayfield, the 23.2 House is an angular ode to rural life.
Rural Studio’s 20K Homes Reveal the Systemic Problems Behind Affordable Housing
In rural Western Alabama, a student-led program evolves from building $20,000 homes to creating a blueprint for sustainable,...
A Minimalist Mediterranean Home Rises in Rural Spain
The site of a former family vineyard becomes the wild and rugged canvas for Casa en el Campo—a modern home built from sleek,...
Gable-Roofed Rural Weekend Home in Connecticut
To create their rural Connecticut getaway, Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi layered their modern design sensibility atop an early...
A Suffolk Barn Home With Soaring Ceilings Listed at $1.95M
Comprised of farm buildings laid out in a cruciform plan with a courtyard in the middle, this converted barn with cathedral-like...
A Tiny Cabin in Rural Sweden Pops With Red Pinewood
A couple’s 269-square-foot getaway features a crimson exterior and an unfinished plywood interior.
An Affordable Prefab Home Frames the Rugged Landscape in Rural Australia
A single day is all it took to install this modular home on a working farm near Orange, New South Wales.
A Rural Wisconsin Retreat Puts a Refined Spin on Country Living
Local materials and a restrained, natural palette allow the surroundings to sing at this family getaway.
Each Generation Builds on the Last at This Rural Retreat in Western Pennsylvania
An architect adds a pair of rustic modern wings to her childhood home outside Pittsburgh, becoming the third generation to make...
An Airy A-Frame Home Connects a Community in Rural Japan
Designed by Takeru Shoji Architects, the Hara House opens up to the outside world.
This Home in Rural Quebec Is Inspired by Nature and Frank Lloyd Wright
An expansive country home draws inspiration from the landscape with a faceted roof that echoes the hills of rural Quebec.
Top 5 Converted Barns and Farmhouses That Celebrate Their Rural Roots
Get back to basics with these modern farmhouses and barns.
Rescuing a Historic Homestead, Two Artists Create a Rural German Retreat
An artist couple from Amsterdam convert a neglected farm in rural Germany into a sustainable and modern vacation village.
Two Sheds Cloaked in Galvanized Steel Form a Home in Rural Australia
On Victoria’s rugged coast, Wiesebrock Architecture calls upon regional farmhouse vernacular for a design that considers all the...
An Enchanting Cabin of Wood, Glass, and Steel Entices Visitors to Rural Wisconsin
Designed by Sala Architects, Metal Lark Tower is the first cabin to open at Nordlys Lodging, a 140-acre property where nature...
7 Homes Designed for Sustainable Living
From a shipping container dwelling to architect Steven Holl’s forest retreat, these residences embody the ideal that what’s best...
A Concrete-Clad Farmhouse in Denmark Draws From Local Rural Vernacular
Copenhagen-based architecture studio NORRØN crafts a contemporary farmhouse that takes cues from the region’s traditional...
A Bold, Green-Roofed Home Sprouts on the Edge of a Rural English Village
Building forward-looking homes in England’s traditional villages can often prove tricky—but Featherstone Young rose to the...
Sustainability in Stages
"Personally, I’d rather be living outside,” says architect David Hertz.
Michelin-Starred Chef André Chiang’s New Home in Rural Taiwan
A renowned chef blends his culinary philosophies into the design of his home in Taiwan.
Two Wood-Clad Prefab Holiday Homes Connect to the Landscape of Rural Uruguay
Designed to welcome the outdoors in, two modular and minimalist houses provide a blissful escape in the Uruguayan countryside.
Ai Weiwei and HHF Architects Create a Rural Retreat For Two Art Collectors
Composed of geometric forms clad in corrugated iron, the residence doubles as a gallery for the couple's collection.
A Brooklyn-Based Landscape Firm That’s Reshaping New York City’s Green Urban Scene
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Future Green Studio is cultivating beautiful and sustainable landscapes throughout NYC, one...
A London Couple's Backyard Studio Is Clad in Sustainable Cork
A musician-and-seamstress couple commission a shared workspace in their elegant garden.
The Community-Run Cedar House by Airbnb and Go Hasegawa Welcomes Guests in Rural Japan
Now available to book through Airbnb, Yoshino Cedar House serves as a shared space for the rural community of Yoshino, Japan, and...
This Rural Retreat Brings a Family Together, Without Making Them Give Up Their Gadgets
A smart vacation home fosters connectivity in every sense of the word.
The Modern Studio of a Finnish Design Legend
Yrjö Kukkapuro, one of Finland’s design legends, is primed for an international resurgence thanks to a new furniture...
This Compact Tasmanian Cabin Is a Testing Ground for Sustainable Design
Architect Jiri Lev’s home is a prototype for forward-looking architecture that could make a positive societal impact in Australia.
Before & After: A Ramshackle Barn in Northern California Becomes a Family’s Rural Retreat
In Sonoma County, Faulkner Architects transforms a neglected barn into a refined guest house with a screened sleeping porch.
Community-Minded Living and Sustainable Design Converge in Phoenix
Planned for completion in 2022, these 11 customizable homes are designed to encourage togetherness.
Own This Sustainably Designed Malibu Beach House For $5.7M
Sited on one of the last undeveloped oceanfront lots along the Pacific Coast Highway, House Noir creatively addresses the issue...
Sustainable Modern School Planned for Rural Mexico
Designed by the firm AT103, the award-winning design is meant to serve as a model for sustainable educational design.

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