This low-maintenance home near Brisbane, Australia, exemplifies architect James Grose’s design philosophy based around simple, lightweight construction techniques well suited to the region’s subtropical climate.
“There’s a lot of horse talk here, and with this place there is plenty of opportunity for interaction. My horses can play Mister Ed and join right in,” says Kropach. Her inquisitive Andalusian steeds regularly socialize with guests via sliding windows along the house’s main north-facing elevation.
Gabriela Calvo and Marca Peralta had a dream: to live debt-free on their property near San Jose, Costa Rica, surrounded by their horses and the natural landscape. The couple considered building with shipping containers—but were terrified of living inside a tin can. They presented their conundrum to architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, who cleverly transformed two austere, 40-foot-long metal boxes into a home. The strikingly simple residence covers 1,075 square feet and cost just $40,000—less than the price of social housing provided for the country’s poorest residents.
Geoff and Joanna Mouming’s compact modern farmhouse is the first permanent structure at Yum Yum Farm in Wellman, Iowa. On the field that stretches out before it, organic vegetables will soon make attentive farmers of the Moumings.
Josemaria Churtichaga and Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo live in the Spanish capital of Madrid where they head a thriving architectural practice. While their work regularly includes large-scale cultural centers and public commissions, the couple managed to craft a modest refuge for themselves and their children in rural Segovia.
Though the structure is firmly planted in the 21st century, sheep from a farm across the road still meander to Churtichaga and de la Quadra-Salcedo’s house to graze—an enduring reminder of the region’s history and traditions.
The father of architect Greg Dutton wished to build a cabin on the family farm, located within Appalachian Ohio and home to 400 heads of cattle. Dutton, of Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio-based Midland Architecture, presented this design as his father’s birthday present in 2012. Finished in 2014, the 900-square-foot cabin operates entirely off-the-grid.