On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home in Canada lives the life aquatic. Here couple Becca and Doug Worple built a family getaway, which includes a floating boathouse, on the northeastern side of Lake Huron where Becca has vacationed every year of her life.
Josemaria Churtichaga and Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo live in the Spanish capital of Madrid where they head a thriving architectural practice. While their work regularly includes large-scale cultural centers and public commissions, the couple managed to craft a modest refuge for themselves and their children in rural Segovia.
Canada's Magdalen Islands offer a seaside retreat to landlocked Quebecers, two of whom have turned the local vernacular on its oreille with a winsome vacation home. "The architecture on the islands is rather naive, so we wanted to evoke that childlike quality in the color,” says architect Marie-Claude Hamelin.
In the small Swiss village of Scaiano, near the Italian border, a former brandy distillery sits amidst a cluster of old homes. Architect Jérôme de Meuron was tasked with turning this centuries-old building, a monolith of stone, into an airy vacation escape.
A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.
The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie was a strategic defense area from the 1800s to the 1960s. Located in the Netherlands’ west, the low-lying land was engineered with canals and sluices that could flood the area with a layer of water deep enough to make travel by foot dangerous yet shallow enough to prevent boat access. A Belgian architecture firm transforms a 140-square-foot Dutch military structure into a modern-day vacation retreat.
In a quiet corner of the famed Spanish party island, Ibiza, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive vacation home.
Located in Aarhus, Denmark, Villa R is a serene, minimalist structure. "The objective was to create a house that brings the forest inside through large glass panels—and create an ever-changing seasonal backdrop for the interior living spaces," says the architecture firm, C.F. Møller.
The sleepy fishing village of Fjällbacka, on Sweden’s rugged west coast, is peppered with houses built in the local vernacular—with painted clapboard and steeply pitched roofs. One glaring exception is the bold, contemporary summer house belonging to Swede Isaac Pineus and his Scottish partner, Andrew Duncanson, designed by renowned Gothenburg architect Gert Wingårdh.
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. Dubbed the Casa Cuatro, the house floats atop a 180-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a 90-minute drive from Santiago and nearly as far from municipal utilities.