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This has to be the ultimate retreat for New Yorkers. This 1917 rustic country getaway in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, was brought back to life by renowned New York interior designer Thom Filicia, it features a beautiful waterfront boathouse decorated with vintage furniture but equipped with the latest technology including a touch pad for controlling music from dockside speakers. via
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For those not familiar with the name of Stefan Sagmeister, he is a famous New York-based graphic designer and typographer. Amongst his work are album covers for Lou Reed, OK Go, The Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny. His own design firm - Sagmeister & Walsh Inc. in New York has recently moved into this gorgeous minimalist studio. More pics after the jump.
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We have done some features on SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects) in the past, the South African Architecture studio always impresses us with their mind blowing minimalist projects. Another example of their work is this home located in the affluent suburb of Bantry Bay, in Cape Town, South Africa. The house is on a cliff-top with with all rooms facing the spectacular sea view, but the stand out feature of the home has to be the amazing infinity pool and sunken lounge. via

Other masterpieces by SAOTA:
First Crescent   Nettleton 199 house   Victoria 73 house
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Mini Pod is another great solution for those working from home. The garden office measures 4.1 x 3.65m (13.4 x 11.9 feet) and is the ideal solution for home workers. The pod can be customized with options including additional windows, under floor heating, fitted desks, shelving and decking.

Check out our roundup on Office Pods
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Port-a-Bach is an innovative mobile holiday home by Atelierworkshop Architects from New Zealand. The environmentally friendly recycled container comfortably sleeps two adults and two children,  and has the versatility of creating rooms within the large open living space : includes bunk beds, double bed room, dressing room, kitchen and bathroom. The Port-a-Bach is not yet in production, they are looking for commercial partners in order to mass produce it. via
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This amazing and unique project is located in London, UK. The former 99 foot tall Water Tower was built in 1877 and was recently converted into a spectacular luxury home. It now features four bedrooms, a lift, a gym, a rooftop terrace, a modern open living space nicknamed "the cube", and 360 degrees views across the city. via
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Fancy living in a tree? Tree Tents is a concept by British design group Luminair, they believe forests should be used for more than just harvesting timber. After three years of research the "Tree Tents" were born, they are suspended capsules that give you comfortable and low impact retreats up in the canopie. The tents are lightweight enable minimal impact on the trees, feature a fabric shell made from waterproofed cotton canvas and include two side benches which can fold to become single beds. via
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This original weekend retreat is located in the woods just outside of Tokyo in Japan. The dreamy retreat was designed by Shin Ohori of General Design Co, It features two main cabins that include a kitchen, bathroom and living area. Two yellow dome tents are used as year-round bedrooms. source
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The way people work is changing - the cost and inconvenience of commuting to work everyday is increasing, and advances in computer and networking technology are making the viability of working from home a realistic alternative to traveling to an office everyday. We have rounded up some of the coolest office pods for working from home. Check out some more photos and product details after the jump... 
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Designed by Portuguese architect Frederico Valsassina, this spectacular contemporary house is located in the private condominium of Quinta Patino, in Estoril, Portugal. The 7,535 square foot home features a 2-story layout with living spaces within a modular arrangement of several open air compartments cut out of the simple rectangular design. These openings give strategic views of the beautiful and abundant vegetation.
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Amsterdam-based BaksvanWengerden Architecten were commissioned to renovate and enlarge a single-family house in the Netherlands. The SH House dates back to 1932, the owners wanted to renovate the original interior that was very dark and enclosed. The architects removed the internal partitions and created an open floor plan which extends towards the garden. Beautiful fusion of classic with contemporary.
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Keret House was designed by Jakub Szczesny of Warsaw-based studio Centrala, it is the world´s narrowest house! Measuring only 3.02 feet at its narrowest point and 4.99 feet at its widest point, the house is very compact but has everything that a house needs, a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and work desk. watch the video

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You might recall the Stråhattfabriken (Straw Hat Factory) project we featured, a beautiful apartment block in Stockholm by Oscar Properties. They have done their magic again on this old leather factory (Laderfabriken) and applied their trademark style of industrial character and a typical turn of the century look.
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We recently featured a beautiful single level home and work studio in Spanish island Formentera Designed by Spanish architect Marià Castelló Martínez. This time around we feature another of her architecture masterpieces also in Formentera. The contemporary property nemed Can Manuel d’en Corda, features beautiful interior woodwork, exposed original stone walls, exposed original wooden beams, and fully utilizes the outside space creating inviting courtyards to relax.
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This amazing retreat designed by MW/Works Architecture & Design is nestled into a forested slope along the eastern edge of  the Case Inlet, Washington. The 2,800 sq. ft weekend cabin is isolated in the middle of the woods and has sweeping water views. The Case Inlet Retreat is simple, elegant and relaxing, it sure looks like the perfect getaway from hectic city life... via
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A house doesn´t necesarily need to be opulent to be impressive, example of that is this mind-blowing little wooden house built high on a cliff off the south-central coast of Chile, specifically in Buchupureo. Designed by owners and architects Alvaro Ramirez and Clarisa Elton, the little cabin features a bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a kitchen, living room and a terrace all looking at the breathtaking panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say no playing fetch with their dog...
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Sometime last year we featured the very popular transparent pool, by OFTB(Out from the blue), a team of landscape architects, horticulturists and in-house pool builders based in Melbourne, Australia. Another of their stunning creations is this design for a house in Melbourne.
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Es Pujol De S´era is a beautiful single level home and work studio in Spanish island Formentera. Designed by Spanish architect Marià Castelló Martínez, the 2,163 square foot retreat consists of an office and residential area with subtle divisions between work and play. The house inside is simple, bright and pure with focus drawn to the picture perfect views of the surrounding wheat and barley fields.
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