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June 23, 2015
A forest abode doesn't necessarily mean a dark, damp retreat with no light. Seasonal woodland homes can be bursting with bright, modern cheer, and we guarantee the following will make you want to head for the backwoods.
Modern waterfront house with extended walkway

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the 1973 Douglas House was one of architect Richard Meier’s first residential commissions. Defined by its verticality, the house features an exterior stepped walkway that extends over the trees, connecting the levels.

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© Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Originally appeared in The Lake House That's a Living Piece of Architecture History
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Off the grid Seattle Washington Henry Island Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

This 3,000-square-foot off-the-grid island house outside Seattle sits partially on stilts to tread as lightly as possible on its natural site.

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Nic Lehoux
Originally appeared in An Off-the-Grid Island Home for a Seattle Music Producer
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Danish summer house designed by Jesper Brask.

After living on and studying a woodsy acre of land in North Zealand, Denmark, architect Jesper Brask cleared a stand of pine trees and, from the timber, built a getaway open to its surroundings. The house, which Brask shares with his wife, Lene, and sons, Kristian, Jens, and Niels, is used mainly in summer, when the weather is optimal for throwing open the glass doors.

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Originally appeared in A Playful Summer Home with Some Serious Angles
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Bigwin Island Bunkie Yoga Studio exterior

This serene lakeside retreat, designed for yoga and exercise, is part furniture design and part architecture. It’s a modified Bunkie, or a small prefabricated structure produced the Bunkie Co. that can be rapidly assembled on-site. This particular project, at 300 square feet, required some modification to meet building codes. Nevertheless, it took only a week and a half to build on site. 

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Jorge Torres
Originally appeared in High-Tech Prefab Outbuilding is a Surprisingly Peaceful Retreat
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exterior of wood-clad marlboro music festival cabins

Every year Marlboro College, which is located in rural Vermont, hosts the Marlboro Music Festival in which 80 of the most prominent classical musicians join together and work to hone their craft. For seven weeks, they work, live, and rehearse together and also host select public performances. Since its inception in 1951, the program has steadily welcomed more people to participate, outgrowing its accommodations. Enter architects Joan Soranno and John Cook of HGA who developed five site-specific cabins that tread lightly on the land and respect the festival's roots. Soranno and Cook created deceptively simple-looking structures that update the regional vernacular. 

 

"In Marlboro, you get a different way of not only looking at the world, but also looking at life," stated Mitsuko Uchida, the festival's current artistic director, in a release. "If you spend weeks together, day in and day out, eating meals together, chatting and sitting around, you begin to get the basic outline of what it means to be a musician. Ultimately Marlboro is about the concept of time. We have time to rehearse and time simply to think."

Originally appeared in Tiny Cabins in the Vermont Woods Commune With Nature
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modern minimalist house in denmark

Located in Aarhus, Denmark, Villa R is a minimalist, serene structure clad in zinc panels. "The objective was to create a house that brings the forest inside through large glass panels—and create an ever-changing seasonal backdrop for the interior living spaces," stated the architecture firm, C.F. Møller, of the 3,200-square-foot abode.

Originally appeared in A Minimalist Home near a Danish Forest
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Quebec cabin wood exterior.

Montreal's APPAREIL Architecture drew upon several principles of Nordic vernacular to optimize sunlight and warmth for this cabin in Quebec. The result is a rustic home that muses on the similarities between architecture across all northern climates.

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Mathieu Laverdière
Originally appeared in A Nordic-Inspired Woodland Cabin in Quebec
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Modern waterfront house with extended walkway

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the 1973 Douglas House was one of architect Richard Meier’s first residential commissions. Defined by its verticality, the house features an exterior stepped walkway that extends over the trees, connecting the levels.

Photo by Dean Kaufman. Image courtesy of © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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