A new home at Sea Ranch, a half-century-old enclave of rugged modernist houses on the Northern California coast, captures the spirit of its surroundings. Sea caves on the property forced the architects to split some of the living space into a 483-square-foot guesthouse.
On the Danish island of Zealand, Copenhagen-based architect Martin Kallesø was tasked with a simple program: create a freestanding guest room so that visitors have a private and cozy place to lay their heads. What ensued was a mashup of local influence, Japanese styling, and irregular geometry.
Jason and Suzanne Koxvold commissioned Studio Padron to design a 200-square-foot guesthouse on their Ellenville, New York, property. The geometric structure’s dark cedar cladding contrasts with the inviting interior, which is heated by a cast-iron Jøtul stove. A layer of built-in bookshelves made from felled oak lumber also helps insulate the building in winter.
A complex of Italian farm buildings was transformed into a sophisticated yet kid-friendly retreat, complete with a freestanding guest apartment.
Architect Jim Poteet created a whimsical backyard studio and guesthouse from a shipping container in a San Antonio artists' community.
Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green was reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse. A lofted sleeping pod offers a bit of privacy and helps maximize the 485-square-foot space.
Tasked with transforming a 93-square-foot brick boiler room, built in 1916, into a guesthouse, architect and metalworker Christi Azevedo flexed her creative muscle. The architect spent a year and a half designing and fabricating nearly everything in the structure save for the original brick walls.
Located 120 miles east of Albququerque, it's not hard to see why these buildings needed to be self-sufficient. Designed by MOS Architects, the off-the-grid structures were comissioned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts to host guests visiting a nearby installation: artist Charles Ross' Star Axis, a massive outdoor stellar observatory.
For a client in Prague who needed to house family from abroad, the architects of two Czech studios, Mjölk and DDAANN, joined forces to design a minimal 522-square-foot guest apartment.
This guest room in Virginia may look simple, but it sits just around the corner from a massive pool and deck area, ideal for lounging and barbecuing.