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.
Atelier Oslo overcame nature’s challenges when they designed Cabin Norderhov, a seasonal, eco-friendly retreat on a steep hillside overlooking Lake Steinsfjorden in the Norwegian forest.
Architect Greg Dutton forged this 900-square-foot cabin in Appalachia as a gift for his father. Because connecting the rustic weekend retreat with the water and electrical grid would have been prohibitively expensive, the building operates entirely off-the-grid.
Alone by a small lake amid a virtually untouched mountain range in western Norway, the Bjellandsbu, a 376-square-foot hunting cabin, is the far-flung prefab of which many dream. For Snøhetta, the firm that designed the retreat for finance guru Osvald Bjelland, building here necessitated a flexible approach that prioritized locally sourced materials.
This simple, Swedish retreat is lined with timber—creating a warm retreat from the snowy surroundings.
The Strolz House nestles in the winter snow at the edge of the Austrian village of Lech. Large wooden shutters help protect the windows against avalanche damage. The house was designed by Helmut Dietrich of Dietrich Untertrifaller Architects, an Austrian practice known for its sustainable and sensitive approach to design. Photo by Richard Powers.
In a a 970-square-foot, 17th-century house in the Swiss Alps, a series of compact rooms create a cozy living space for a family. Original wood paneling envelops the stübli, a small room designer Jonathan Tuckey decorated with a vintage cocktail chair from Poland, IKEA beanbags, architectural monographs, and a family heirloom rug.