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August 4, 2015
Celebrate summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) with these beachside residences in Sweden, Australia, and a few places in between.

Even Sweden has its beaches: this vacation home is a five hour drive from Stockholm. The clients, an active outdoor family, live in the 2,500 square foot residence for several weeks each summer.

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Modern Swedish family dream getaway with Sits sofa and Borge Mogensen chair in the living room

Swedish weather is unpredictable and the house's extensive floor-to-ceiling glass allows striking views of sunlight and storms alike.

 

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Originally appeared in A Scandinavian Summer Home Built for Surf, Sports, and Sun
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Driveway and front door to the Netherlands dune house

Nestled in the dunes of the Dutch island of Terschelling, this unique project is covered in a prefabircated wooden exterior. Its panels of cross-laminated timber were laser-cut in a factory then assembled on-site.

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Originally appeared in An Angular Beach Home Blends in With the Dunes Surprisingly Well
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Geometric window and interior of the Netherlands dune house

An interior staircase wraps around the house's core, linking every level, as the geometric facade frames views to the outdoors.

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Originally appeared in An Angular Beach Home Blends in With the Dunes Surprisingly Well
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Cannon Beach home with glass facade on the beach

This Oregon house, located near Oregon's Cannon Beach, hides a major sustainable feature: a green roof planted with native ferns and grasses.

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Originally appeared in This Glass House Conquers the Coast
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The house's large curtain wall can resist 120 mph winds, however, its complex design took over a year to engineer and build.

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Exterior facade of an Australian vacation home

Designed by an architect for his family, this simple weekend home outside Melbourne features numerous sustainable elements such as roof-mounted solar panels and multiple openings to stimulate cross-ventilation. 

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Originally appeared in A Getaway That's Easy to Maintain (While Looking Incredible)
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Sunken living room in an Australian vacation home

The large step in the living room makes for convenient seating; deep exterior eaves shelter it from the low winter sun.

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Originally appeared in A Getaway That's Easy to Maintain (While Looking Incredible)
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Also situated within an Australian beach town, this house sports an inverted program: the shared living spaces are located on the upper floors to maximize views.

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Open-plan dining room with a view

The interior feeatures Tazmanian oak flooring and remarkable views of the surrounding landscape: according to the clients, “It is incredible to be standing up there with the eucalyptus branches, surrounded by gum trees. It almost feels like a tree house, and then you look down and you can see the bay glistening below you.” 

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Derek Swalwell
Originally appeared in A Breezy Modern Beach House Among the Trees in Australia
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surf and turf sweden family dream getaway facade glass roof rec

Even Sweden has its beaches: this vacation home is a five hour drive from Stockholm. The clients, an active outdoor family, live in the 2,500 square foot residence for several weeks each summer.

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