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Originally designed by modernist architect Charlotte Perriand in 1934 for an affordable getaway home competition, the small U-shaped beach house sketches didn’t leave the page. Until Louis Vuitton developed the beautiful project recently, by building the modern waterfront retreat (in the beach-side garden at The Raleigh Hotel on Miamis South Beach) using sketches and drawings almost eighty years after it was first conceived. The end result is this private hideaway amongst nature with magical views of the sea.
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Plans have been unveiled this week for an impressive sky pool spanning between two residential buildings in Londons Nine Elms Quarter, Battersea, a project that will undoubtedly push the boundaries in the capability of construction and engineering. The mind-blowing glass-bottomed swimming pool will bridge (115 ft in the air) two apartment buildings of Embassy Gardens and will be 90 feet long, 19 feet wide and nearly 10 feet deep, allowing residents to enjoy a swimming "over the air" experience and take in stunning views of London while doing some laps.
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Projected by Spanish Architecture studio Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, the spectacular Balint House celebrates minimalism in architecture at its very best. Located in a suburban region of Valencia - Spain, the home´s prominent design feature is a profoundly elliptical form, with almost seamless surfaces, and large open spaces that flow indoors and out. The imposing elliptical structure features a swooping roof and deep cantilevers over its two symmetrical ends, one facing the street, the other overlooking a pool terrace and the surrounding golf course. watch the video
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The Pond House is a magnificent retreat designed by Holly & Smith Architects. Located at Ten Oaks Farm in Hammond, Louisiana, the beautiful retreat is a 1,250 square foot, net zero energy house that sits over the edge of a stunning pond and overlooks a peninsula of ten oak trees that stretch out into the middle of the pond. The house is completely open with panoramic views to the surrounding landscape, the ground floor features an outdoor area that includes a fireplace and outdoor kitchen, that are perfect for entertaining family and guests.
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Escape Traveler is an interesting housing possibility developed for those who are looking for an alternative to the conventional way of life. It´s a towable small and comfy house, with 269 sf, enough for up to 6 people! Really well built, with careful attention to detail and an interesting straightforward design, it features wide window space, providing loads of natural light into the practical interior, the outside structure was built using recycled maple Dakota plank cladding, with a steel structure on the roof and sides, for stability and durability, insulation is ensured with closed cell foam. You get two lofted bedrooms, a bathroom, a lounge area that even includes a fireplace and a kitchen. Escape Traveler is equipped with low consuming LED lighting system and you can choose a wide array of electric appliances to make sure you get all the modern commodities in your towable house. So it´s green, well built and portable, what more could you ask?
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Designed by Jensen Architects, the beautiful Turner Residence is located in Larkspur, California, USA. Built into a hill, the main building contains the private rooms of the house and is tucked into the earth and threaded through the existing oak trees on site. The lower two levels of the building are cut partially into the slope forming a grounded plinth with a transparent living and dining pavilion that opens up completely for access to the outdoor decks, pool patio and expansive views to Mount Tamalpais and the bay, creating the perfect space for entertaining.
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Casa Brutale is a spectacular project by OPA Works, an ambitious concept home that sits inside a cliff above the aegean sea. The minimalist home is composed by three concrete walls that form the main living space, the roof is a crystalline pool made of reinforced glass, that also functions as a massive skylight that floods the interior with natural light. The huge top-to-bottom front glass facade lets in plenty of light and offers dramatic views of the ocean below.
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The Collingwood Shepherd Hut is an interesting housing possibility for those of us who just love the outdoors. This modular cabin can provide shelter in a safe and very comfy way. Built with a galvanized steel structure and finished in beautiful wood all the way around, it looks both vintage and fairy tale like. The wood work is really phenomenal, inside and outside; on the roof you get western red cedar shakes, that provide a nice tile look, on the sides, a solid wood style, with special attention to detail, to ensure it stays air and moisture tight and perfectly plumb. On the inside you get pine floor and on the cladding you have 2 options, solid wood beaded paneling or hardwood veneered plywood. You also get an interesting number of chromatic and finishing possibilities. Ever wanted a cabin in the woods?
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Ever had the dream of building a tree house? Well this group of friends did, and what an awesome one they have built! Named Cinder Cone, the spectacular self-built multi-platform treehouse perches above a skate bowl and wood fired hot tub. Located in a Valley Near the Columbia River Gorge in Skamania Washington, the project was led by Foster Huntington, a professional nomad that has created a brand around his idyllic, transient lifestyle, and whom had a childhood dream of building a Treehouse. Some friends worked as carpenters professionally, others learned on the go, gaining experience along the way, Foster took thousands of photos and kept sketches, models and notes from the design process, and shot a short film that documents the process of building his dream home (watch the video after the jump).

A book documenting this year-long project is now seeking funding on Kickstarter
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Over the years we have showcased several houses, retreats, weekend cabins, and pods, places to escape hectic city life and reconnect with nature. Our latest discovery was developed by Nice Architects, a self-sustaining portable house appropriately named Ecocapsule. The ecological pod, is equipped with a built-in wind turbine, roof-mounted solar panels, and a high-capacity battery, these off-grid capabilities allow you and a guest to enjoy the convenience of household facilities. Inside you´ll find plenty of storage space, a small kitchenette, working/dining place, a folding bed, toilet, and hot shower, all the luxuries of a hotel room that you can take into wilderness. First deliveries are expected in 2016.

Also check out our popular roundup on Office Pods
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This spectacular pool house was commissioned by a home owner who wanted to transform the outdoor area at his house into a contemporary pool and spa retreat, ideal for entertaining in the hot summer months. The weekend retreat is located in the Hamptons, and was idealized by design studio ICRAVE, the result is a modern wood and steel structure with two separate spaces, creating a luxurious indoor/outdoor oasis. It features a bedroom, and a spa that includes a sauna, shower, and hammam. A sunken level between the two rooms creates a cozy living room, with fireplace, and a Jacuzzi, making this the perfect entertainment area.
 
photos by: John Muggenborg
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Our latest fantasy beach retreat is located in Auckland, New Zealand. Designed by Herbst Architects, the spectacular Castle Rock Beach House sited on the crest of the hill and offers guests mind-blowing views of the panoramic landscape. The house is split in two levels, on top level is an open plan kitchen, outdoor dining area, barbecue corner, and relaxed living area, and the lower level features two large bedrooms and an outdoor shower. The picture-perfect getaway also features a path leading to the beach.
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Inoutside is an Australian company that specializes in pre-fabricated backyard offices. The way we work nowadays is changing, with more people choosing to work from home thanks to advances in computer and networking technology. The new concept of live/work space is starting to become very popular, and "Inoutside" offer some small contemporary solutions that are perfect for a backyard office. The modern outdoor rooms are prefabricated and built using only natural green products, then transported and assembled on site. The customer is free to choose the style, the floorplan and finish desired.  
 
Also checkout our popular roundup on Office Pods.
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Looking for a place to escape hectic city life and reconnect with nature? So was Finnish designer Linda Bergroth, so she commissioned Avanto Architects this magical getaway, a unique combination of garden shed and greenhouse, with lighting, wood floors and solar panels to create her own private retreat located on a remote island in eastern Finland. Automatic glass openers were installed to control the temperature inside, and salvaged bricks were used to create the simple stairs. It also features a storage shed at the back made of Finnish pine. An idyllic place to retreat and recharge, with all that you need, a bed, books, a record player, speaker, potted plants, and inspiring surroundings.
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Noem design and build tailor made, high-tech homes just in weeks. Their modern prefabricated modular homes are built using only natural materials such as wood and achieve maximum energy efficiency, and minimum carbon footprint. The houses are tailor-made and fully customized to the clients needs and taste, and are directed and orchestrated by sensors, actuators and home automation, achieving huge levels of energy efficiency savings. The final result is a useful and utterly beautiful object that is truly respectful of its environment and its inhabitants. watch the video
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The Barrancas House is our latest house crush, situated in Mexico City, Mexico, this stunning residence was originally built in the seventies, but has recently been redesigned by Architect Ezequiel Farca. The challenge was to create a house that through different multifunctional spaces could generate a feeling of expectation and surprise. The structure, completely surrounded by nature, takes advantage of the large floor to ceiling windows to enhance the natural shape of the landscape and the full lighting provided by sunlight. The house has a cinema room, a large wine cellar, a gym, two terraces, a swimming pool, a beautiful garden and several green areas. The materials used are marble, stone and wood, that with the help of natural tones, offer complementarity between the interior and exterior of the house, giving a feeling of continuous space. Absolutely stunning.
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Winner of numerous awards, Fall House is a spectacular holiday home located on a dramatic setting in Carmel Valley Village, California. Designed by the San Francisco based architect studio Fougeron Architecture, the three-bedroom house is anchored in the natural beauty and power of the California landscape, embedded within the cliff 250 feet above the Pacific Ocean and offers breathtaking views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Check out more amazing photos after the jump.

photos by: Joe Fletcher
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Leaf House lets you set your own cabin any place in the great outdoors! The company based in Canada, specializes in making tiny portable houses that are built on trailer ranging from 16´ to 20´ in length, and made with reclaimed materials, natural finishes, and ecologically friendly building products. Each portable home is custom made to the exact specifications of the owner, features full amenities and is insulated for severe winter climates. The Leaf tiny houses take between 4 and 6 months to build, you can expect to pay between $26,000 and $50,000. 
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