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July 21, 2015
From slight to great heights, these perched abodes tread lightly on the land.
In the winter, instead of floating over the pond, the hut sits lightly above the snow. "It's protected and serene but alive with subtle energy," Poss says. Photo by Phillip Kalantzis-Cope.<br /><br /><p><em><strong>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our

Designed by architect Jeffery Poss, the tea hut is the first of what the residents hope to be several sculptural structures on their property. Perched above a pond, the structure is a butterfly-roof-adorned tea and meditation structure in Champaign, Illinois.

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Spaceship prefab in Spain

A sci-fi-inspired prefab with an efficient edge is grounded in real-world technology. NOEM, a Barcelona-based architecture firm, created the metal-clad house for a young client just outside Madrid. It’s raised 12 feet off the ground to offer better views of the landscape, lending it “the futuristic feeling that it just landed,” says Pol Guiu, one of NOEM’s cofounders. 

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A screen porch runs the entire length of building, built over a dry creek bed on embedded concrete piers. The architect says he worked with the varying topography and native pines, turning the building 30 degrees at one point to accommodate the natural co

A film writer and director asked Austin, Texas–based architect Henry Panton to build a bunkhouse with a huge screen porch for family and guests on his 40-acre property in Bastrop, Texas, outside Austin. Situated over a dry creek bed and carefully crafted around the existing loblolly pine trees, the bunkhouse “is sort of like a bridge into the woods,” says Panton, who adds that the 1,400-square-foot raised structure can comfortably accommodate well over a dozen people.

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Stephen Yablon Architect used standing-seam metal as the cladding for the rear of the addition.

Stephen Yablon Architect reimagines the stilt-house typology for a cutting-edge modern addition to a home in South Carolina's Lowcountry. SYA's guest pavilion is a modern interpretation of a local Charleston building style—the single, a long box usually one-room-wide in order to capitalize on cross breezes. Underneath the raised pavilion, the architect carved out an updated version of the classic Southern veranda.

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black box home in Japan open glass doors

Located in a hidden valley on the picturesque Izu Peninsula, a few hours west of Tokyo, the Watanabe Residence, designed by architect Tadashi Murai, looks more like an imposing black box propped amidst the wooded landscape than a model of environmental friendliness. The resident, a Tokyo transplant, commissioned architect Tadashi Murai to create a fully-equipped, slightly raised structure that comes with its own power, heating and cooling, water, and waste-disposal systems.

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elevated deckhouse in england exterior

Architect Paul Hinkin and his partner, Chrissy Pearce, bought and restored a 538-square-foot Deckhouse at Emsworth Yacht Harbour in Hampshire, England. With the help of builder Peter Watts, the couple returned the house to its original early-1970s glory, utilizing the space beneath for both boat and car.

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With its bold, upswept profile, the roof gives this otherwise simple house its distinctive character. But those curves are not merely for show. The concave forms are integral to the dwelling’s self-sufficiency because they act as water collectors and sun

When building a second home, most people don’t consider traveling farther than upstate. But the Taits built theirs on stilts, 30 hours away on the coast of Tasmania. “As soon as I set foot on this property, I knew it was the one,” she recalls. The Taits found the firm 1 + 2 Architecture, and began a long conversation with directors Mike Verdouw, Cath Hall, and Fred Ward. The design—resolved via countless emails and calls—was largely driven by the remoteness of the location, which called for complete self-sufficiency. The Taits’ site has no municipal water, power, or sewer connections, so the architects had to balance their clients’ modern needs with certain practical considerations.

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In the winter, instead of floating over the pond, the hut sits lightly above the snow. "It's protected and serene but alive with subtle energy," Poss says. Photo by Phillip Kalantzis-Cope.<br /><br /><p><em><strong>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our

Designed by architect Jeffery Poss, the tea hut is the first of what the residents hope to be several sculptural structures on their property. Perched above a pond, the structure is a butterfly-roof-adorned tea and meditation structure in Champaign, Illinois.

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