For a pair of outdoor enthusiasts, Balance Associates worked to create an 850-square-foot cabin with commanding views that's well-adapted to the climate of Washington, where temperatures can reach as low as 30 degrees below in winter and up to 110 degrees in summer.
Clad in a rich wood palette, architect Charles Gane's off-the-grid cottage in Canada draws all its power from a mighty solar array.
This cluster of cabins in Norway is designed to facilitate family togetherness, while allowing space for private meditation. The central cabin provides communal living spaces, while the two cabins that flank it are used as private sleeping quarters.
With windows recycled from a Toronto skyscraper, this Ontario lake house is a high-tech, eco-friendly retreat.
Architect Greg Dutton forged this 900-square-foot cabin in Appalachia as a gift for his father. Because connecting the rustic weekend retreat with the water and electrical grid would have been prohibitively expensive, the building operates entirely off-the-grid.
A pair of 80-square-foot cabins in the English countryside form an idyllic art studio. "We wanted them to be silhouettes that just exist on the landscape," says architect Charlotte Knight.
Architect Jesse Garlick’s off-the-grid Washington vacation home references its rugged surroundings. The steel cladding has developed a patina similar to the ochre-red color of bedrock found in the area.
A compact recreational home on a sliver of an island in the Dutch countryside, the one-room Island House leaves a small footprint at only 225 square feet. A slide-out side wall and parallel glass walls, which support a gabled roof and provide a lengthwise view of the island, open up the home to the countryside, while the clever interior arrangement makes sure nothing gets in the way of the view.
Sited on a lake near Bracebridge, Ontario, this small-footprint family cottage was designed by Toronto firm superkül to integrate with its natural surroundings and minimize its environmental impact. The clients, a married couple, had mixed feelings about going completely modern with their cabin's aesthetic, so the architects created a sculptural wood form to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary.
It's from the cold, gray forests of Russia that architect Aleksandr Zhidkov drew inspiration for this residence in rainy Polivanovo, just outside Moscow. Plenty of wood and a monochromatic color palette help create a cozy home that's reflective of its surrounding environment.