Tucked away in a leafy suburb of London, and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the delightfully named Starvecrow Cottage makes for the perfect autumnal getaway.
Left uninspired by the loft options in downtown Portland, Oregon, Stefan and Nicole Andrén decided to buld a sleek modernist home nestled atop a forested ridge a few miles from the city center. The result is a home that feels just like a cabin getaway.
Not only oriented to maximize its views of nature, this vacation home on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts is designed to participate in its surroundings as well. Clad in unpainted red cedar that mirrors the color of the site's tawny meadows, the home also features a roof covered with natural sea grasses that provide thermal insulation, improve air quality, and manage rainwater flow.
Elizabeth Birdsall enlisted her friend, architect Anna Boeschenstein to design a home that would be as sprawling and varied as her Charlottesville, Virginia property. An emphasis on outdoor spaces makes enjoying the surrounding woods easy. "It's like comfortable camping, all the time," as Birdsall puts it.
Because of its verticality, this Richard Meier-designed home overlooking Lake Michigan interacts with the forest that encompasses the property. Along with an extended walkway, multiple terraces survey a scene that constantly changes with the seasons.
Though Josemaria Churtichaga and Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo's modest retreat in Segovia, Spain is decidely modern, it also pairs with its natural setting to create a decidely pastoral feel. Though Segovia is centrally located, it is largely undeveloped, and the couple wanted their second home to respect that fact.