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Glass Prefab Cabin by 2by4 Architects

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A perfectly compact getaway in the Dutch countryside

Architects of generic, gargantuan McMansions could stand to learn a thing or two from 2by4 Architects, the Rotterdam-based firm behind the design of this compact recreational home in the Dutch countryside. At only 225 square feet, the Island House leaves a tiny footprint without sacrificing any of the client's needs in terms of comfort or views. The glass prefab is designed for......read more

Casa Flotanta by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

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Costa Rican getaway features minimal footprint, maximum views

If you haven't been fantasizing about a tropical holiday, you will be after checking out these images of Casa Flotanta, a magnificent vacation home designed by architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe. The house, located in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, is situated on a steep plot of land overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Instead of digging into the slope to build the home, the architect formulated a design......read more

Tank House: NYC Water Tower Transformed into Urban Retreat

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Apartment with water tank getaway could be yours for a mere $3.6 million

New York's quirky, iconic water towers are being used for more than just great art projects these days. On the roof of a penthouse apartment in Greenwich Village, architecture firm Messana O'Rorke has transformed a terra cotta water tower into a Zen-like urban retreat.  Called "Tank House," the space was conceived as the quintessential getaway zone -- a room for reading, relaxing......read more

Babylonstoren

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A stunning farm near Cape Town reshaped into an elegant getaway

If you want to get away from it all, but you don't want to sacrifice style or good food, then this little slice of paradise is just the spot for you. Situated in the Winelands region outside of Cape Town, South Africa, Babylonstoren is a converted 1692 farmhouse and row of whitewashed old workers’ cottages that have been transformed into a tastefully-done "resort." Reshaping......read more

Sommerhaus PIU: Primo Prefab

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Gorgeous getaway home can be put up wherever you want it

Sommerhaus PIU, a collaborative effort between German industrial designer Patrick Frey and compatriot architect Bjorn Gotte, is a prefabricated holiday home that puts a modern spin on the wilderness retreat.  The Sommerhaus design is as clean and uncomplicated as you may expect from a pair of Germans. An elegant facade defined by thin horizontal strips of wood supports a slightly pitched......read more

Down to Earth

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Stone Creek Camp by Andersson Wise Architects: A green-roofed getaway in the Montana wilderness.

Long before sustainable design hit the mainstream, Austin-based architects Andersson Wise earned a reputation for creating low footprint buildings that borrow design cues — and materials — from the sites on which they're built. Stone Creek Camp, a rustic wilderness retreat on the picturesque shores of Montana's Flathead Lake, is a case in point. The central building on the property,......read more

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