What this three-bedroom beach house lacks in exterior ornamentation it makes up for in its rainbow-colored interior. Its owner looked to Japanese architecture for ideas to make the most of its small siting in Venice.
On the southern tip of Sweden, a father and his sons spend their summers in a glass-framed surf shack inspired, in part, by the Case Study houses. “There is a lot of glass so you can enjoy the view and the outdoor lifestyle even inside,” says homeowner Henrik Lepaspoon. “You live in the middle of the weather somehow. It’s a really harsh environment, as you have these southwesterly winds blowing through the house. But it is really beautiful as well.”
This Venice duplex houses two families, who share communal spaces like the roof deck. Architect and resident Dom Dimster created custom furniture, like this adjustable table, to go with a relaxed beach vibe meant to suit all of the building's occupants. "I wanted a building that could read as one but that had two distinct identities," he says.
Near Australia's Byron Bay, this modular home was made in just 26 days using four separate timber units from Archiblox. It is designed to be transportable to avoid flooding and erosion.
In Amagansett, Long Island, one family saved space in their renovated 1960s bungalow with details like pocket doors. Rather than combat the ocean air, architect Page Goolrick selected materials that “just evolve and soften over time, like driftwood.”
This hideaway on New Zealand's Great Barrier Island updates the tradition of the bach, a simple, off-the-grid typology commonly seen on the nation's beaches. With no water supply, the roof was designed to collect rainfall and store it in an underground tank for drinking and washing. Another tank stores treated waste
water for irrigation of the site.