Upon his first visit to Tasmania, an island south of the Australian mainland, resident David Burns was immediately smitten with its varied, pristine landscape. Working with architecture firm Misho+Associates, he built a self-sustaining, 818-square-foot prefab retreat that would allow him to completely unplug from urban life.
In Lac Supérieur, outside Montreal, the Fraternité-sur-Lac resort site is home to a series of modular residences designed by YH2, including this modern take on a log cabin.
María José García and Enrique Zepeda, permanent residents of Mexico, desired a second home in Salinas, Spain, that would be a European base for their frequent travels. This tall order needed to be achieved in just 750 square feet of overall living space. Designing with these functions in mind, Madrid-based PKMN architectures orchestrated a complete overhaul that would introduce flexibility and impermanence as central design principles.
On a sloping site near a defunct rock quarry on the remote lobster-fishing island of Vinalhaven, Maine, a three-part summer home overlooks a framed view of Penobscot Bay. Working around the site’s unique topography, design-build firm GO Logic created each structure at varying elevations.
This vacation home in Wilhelmshorst, near Potsdam in Germany, is defined by a bold cantilever. The two floors overlap for only about 753 square feet. The wide overhangs create shaded space underneath.
Rachel Nolan and Steven Farrell’s weekend house is located a couple of blocks from the beach on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula. Built with passive principles in mind, the low-slung structure features double-thick brick walls for thermal massing. The vertical wood cladding is unfinished spotted gum, a local timber.
Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carved a sophisticated vacation home from a 17th-century oil mill in Salento.
Nearly every element of this prefab beach house in New Zealand was brought to its secluded site, overlooking Hekerua Bay, by hand.