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Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects

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Three small buildings in a Silicon Valley oak grove offer a quiet retreat

When the owner of a Silicon Valley property decided to renovate his family home, he also decided to make good on an idea he and his daughter shared: building treehouses in an oak grove on the edge of the property. While not exactly treehouses per se, these three tea houses nestled among the stands of oak should do the trick. Designed by Swatt Miers Architects, the glass-paneled tea houses......read more

DIY Prefab Shed From Kekkila Garden

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Garden shed turned backyard retreat

Um, can you say "naptime"? This airy prefab garden shed from Finnish designers  Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth of Hel Yes! studio blows away any preconceived notions of what a shed looks like. The combined greenhouse and shed kit, a modular design manufactured by Kekkila Garden, has been customized by Bergroth as her own lakefront summer retreat,......read more

The Pierre by Olson Kundig Architects

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A San Juan Islands retreat merges with its natural surroundings

As we've mentioned previously, Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects does modern retreats as well as anyone. The Pierre, a concrete bungalow in the San Juan Islands, is yet another fine example. Created for a client who expressed her affection for the rocky outcrops on her property, the structure is nestled cozily into said rocks, and in fact takes its name from the French word for......read more

An Autumn Escape in Canoe Bay, Wisconsin

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Tantalizing photos of a luxury retreat by Steve Niedorf

For the best in blazing fall colors and cozy sweater weather, the northern latitudes are where you want to be. Like Chetek, Wisconsin, where photographer Steve Niedorf traveled recently to capture Canoe Bay luxury resort in all its autumnal glory. The shoot covered everything from food (local-centric, with veggies and herbs grown on site) to interiors (Prairie Style). “As you make your way......read more

Green Box by Act Romegialli Architects

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A plant-wrapped studio retreat in the Italian Alps

In the burgeoning field of sustainable architecture, green roofs and living walls are commonplace. But Italian architects Act Romegialli take planted exteriors to a whole new level of awesome by covering an entire building in plantlife. Situated in the Italian Alps, Green Box is a disused garage that the architects repurposed into a gorgeous garden retreat. By building a lightweight steel frame......read more

IT House: An Off-Grid Desert Retreat

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LA firm Taalman Koch creates a sustainable oasis in California's Yucca Valley

The IT House is a pre-fab design system developed by LA-based architects Taalman Koch. Delivering optimum control of construction waste, labor, and quality of finished product, the firm has several of its IT Homes built. This particular one is located off-the-grid in Pioneertown, California, near Joshua Tree National Park. Conceived as a small house with glass walls and an open floor plan, the......read more

Eco-Escape of the Day: Fiscavaig House

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This lovely holiday retreat on the Isle of Skye is elevated to minimize impact on the environment

Off the northwest coast of Scotland sits the Isle of Skye, a craggy, treeless island with a history of habitation stretching to the Stone Age. When local architecture firm Rural Design was approached to build a site-sensitive home on the island, they hesitated to take the contract for fear that the project would disrupt the ancient landscape. Eventually, however, they did, and the result is the......read more

Gardens NYC: Green Retreat

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A landscape designer's backyard oasis in Williamsburg.

In New York City, hidden among the cement and concrete, there lie pockets of plantlife, carefully nurtured by denizens of the city. In the SHFT series Gardens NYC, we give some shine to these gardens and the people who grow them. In this episode, we pay a visit to landscape designer Jamie Hardy's backyard oasis in Williamsburg, where peas, peonies, and tomatoes thrive in the Brooklyn air. ...read more

Eco-Escape of the Day: Pedras Salgadas

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This gorgeous forest retreat is nestled in a Portguese nature reserve

Nestled in the Pedras Salgadas nature reserve in northern Portugal is this stunning seven-cabin eco-resort designed by architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar. Designed for minimal environmental impact, the energy efficient huts rest on stilts in order to create the least amount of disturbance possible on the surrounding terrain. "Knowing that we had a......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

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