The Window House – Tiny Retreat With Ocean Front Views

Set on a narrow plot between the ocean and the street, this oddly-shaped building is a weekend retreat for a lucky couple in Kanagawa, Japan. Called the Window House, the elevated retreat was designed by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects who were tasked with creating a space that would allow the clients to relax while also […]

Salt Creek Rural Retreat by ARKit

Salt Creek Rural Retreat is a one bedroom, one bathroom getaway built in 2007, and designed by ARKit. Measuring just 570 square feet (including the large exterior deck), the structure was prefabricated offsite and then transported in several sections to the plot where it was re-constructed as a single living unit.

The retreat is a […]

Contemporary Cabins Overlook des Degues Creek, France

Apolline Terrier, a Paris-based architecture studio, has created a series of contemporary cabins overlooking des Dagues Creek in France. The property contains an existing mansion that dates back to the 17th century. However, the latest addition to the site comes in the form of 6 small cabins, each of which is designed to accommodate […]

A Forest Retreat by Workshop/apd

This modern studio from Chappaqua, NY, was designed by Workshop/adp. The aim was to create a space that allowed the owner to connect with the natural surroundings. Located on the rear of the owners property, the studio is enveloped by forestry, and provides a “disconnect” from busy day-to-day life in the city.

The exterior […]

Finnish Island Retreat is Exposed to its Surroundings

Continuing with yesterday’s theme of retreats, this prefabricated ‘shed’ acts as a summer getaway on a Finnish island.

Created by Helsinki-based architect Ville Hara (of Avanto Architects), and designer Linda Bergroth, the getaway serves two main functions. It acts as a shed/storage space for gardening equipment and other items, and a sleeping cabin.

The shed-meets-cabin is […]

The Watershed – An Off-Grid Writer’s Retreat

Do you ever dream of having your own little (off-grid) retreat? A place where you can be isolated from all the distractions of modern life? Erin Moore designed this little retreat, called the Watershed, for her mother Kathleen Dean Moore, a nature writer.

While the retreat creates a sense of solitude, it’s also a […]