High up in the mountains or nestled amongst trees of a lakeside forrest, cabin design is quaint and eclectic, especially during the fall season. We’ve rounded up eco cabin designs from around the world, meant to inspire you.
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Take a mental escape to your dream eclectic cabin.
Modern architecture is determinably minimalist, with open, light-filled living areas, and bold angles.
With a philosophy of form following function, modern architecture expresses itself through simplicity. Often using elements of wood, glass, and steel, the contemporary style of architecture emphasizes the structure and materials used in the building as opposed to embellishing them up with ornate designs. You will often see vaulted ceilings, exposed structural elements, and unique linear elements.
Take a look at some extraordinary designs in our selection!
Oceanside Living. Blissful, salty breezes blowing continually, rich breaths of humid air, the rushing resonance of waves crashing, and endless horizons full of sun-kissed pigments.
Designing your modern home alongside the oceanfront with ensure you pave your way to a blissful existence. Amidst peaceful elements, you are creating a lifestyle of tranquility and simplicity. Away from the noise of urban zones, you will embrace the sounds, smells, and sensations of nature.
Explore with us these exquisite modern homes, designed to welcome all of the natural beauty of the surrounding seascapes.
A house in the country could be your weekend escape, or perhaps where you experience everyday life of tending to land or caring for animals. While immersed in nature, it benefits the flow of your home to incorporate as many natural elements as possible. Even if you are aiming for a modern edge with the design and decor of your home, you might still utilize as many organic materials as you can find to keep the feel peaceful and grounding.
When we envision modern decor, polished surfaces, sleek angles, and crisp edges come to mind. To soften the sharper edge of contemporary style to adapt to the countryside, you may begin by adding accents of timber, wicker, and fresh flowers and plant life. Ideally, your home will have large windows to illuminate the space with sunlight, and views of the surrounding forests or pastures. To keep the flow of the outdoor landscapes, utilize an earthy, neutral color palette.
Draw some inspiration from our selection of homes with a lovely fusion of contemporary and countryside styles. With all the right ingredients, these homes have created the perfect modern farmhouses.
In classical and modern Southern design and architecture, we often see sweeping white surfaces for a cooling effect, tall columns lining long covered porches, lush landscapes with lots of shade, and plentiful lounge areas to relax with shelter from the heat.
The style in the South is about making you feel cool, fresh, and comfortable. It’s important for a home to be situated amongst tall trees, often flowering trees like Magnolias, that provide a lot of shade to keep the interior of the house away from the intense heat of the Southern sun.
Patios, porches, verandas, and sunrooms are key features in Southern homes. They are where the majority of downtime is spent reading or resting, and where you entertain guests for coffee, tea, or apéritifs. We often see large porch swings with an array of cushions, wide wicker chairs, rocking chairs, and cushioned reclining chairs. Lighting is kept soft and ambient, often still incorporating gas lamps and candlelight.
Interiors range from simplistic and modern, to lavishly extravagant. Take a look at some of these selections of Southern homes and soak up their charm!
More than half of the world population lives in urban areas, thus cities have become the dominant habitat for or species. Although there are no cities in the world that are fully sustainable, it is easier to preserve the land outside urban zones if more people are living urban lives.
When you live in an urban zone, you will most likely not have a yard with trees and plants, so the most important thing about maintaining a healthy and inviting living space is making your home into an environment that is both cozy and full of life. Incorporating plant life and plenty of natural light into your modern city dwelling will ensure that you feel the energizing effects of nature in your urban lifestyle.
Having a modern home in the city means building, designing, and decorating with efficiency and functionality. As it is common for city dwellings to be a bit more compact than suburban or country homes, it is often important to incorporate elements that are taller vertically for storage or display. When you can’t expand outwards, you must stack upwards.
Take a look at some of these modern city dwellings for inspiration for your home’s design and decor!
Your bathroom is a place of cleansing and renewal, and you should feel an immense sense of peace upon entering and leaving. It is where you prepare for your day, and where you spend your last moments of self-care before sleeping.
Treat yourself to the experience of a serene spa retreat, right inside your own home. Fill your bathroom environment with greenery, rich with fresh aromas of flowers and essential oils. Keep the area tidy and organized, hang artwork, or make a mosaic of tilework. Ideally, you want your bathroom to be illuminated with natural light, but you can also play with mirrors to reflect light from wall to wall. You want to feel like spending hours in your bathroom, a personal place of zen and luxury.
We love these selections of luxurious bathrooms, where your cleansing ritual becomes a space of escape and quietude.
Why demolish old buildings when with a little love and dedication you could utterly transform the space into a modern dream home? Conversion and reuse of materials is an amazing way to use the resources that are already established, and get creative!
See how these old spaces have been transformed and filled with modern accents!
In upstate New York, this luxurious loft was converted from an old factory, with the original roughly exposed brick walls, open pipes and wide open spaces. A gorgeous industrial background, Mid-Century Modern furniture, and gilded accents make for a meld of stunning aesthetic elements.
Built in 1926 in northern Italy on Lake Como, this extraordinary loft remains in its original form with much of its owner’s own artwork. Architect and artist Marco Vido left the brick walls and windows untouched, while adding a natural parquet to the concrete floor in “volcano oak” by the Austrian manufacturer Mafi.
All artistic renderings below are masterfully designed scenes from Evermotion “Whola Lotta Loft” challenge that ended early in 2016. Here you can see some of the best loft interiors by designers from all over the world!
Frank Lloyd Wright had a long and prolific career spanning more than 70 years, and brought American architecture to the forefront of the world view. His craftsmanship was pristine and visionary, strongly influenced by the natural world, while embracing technology’s ability to make design universally accessible.
Wright designed every sort of structure imaginable, and often additionally designed the interior elements like furniture and fixtures such as stained glass. He pioneered the Prairie School movement in American architecture, famous for sleek horizontal lines, broad overhanging eaves, and overall integration into the landscape.
Take a peek at our top three selections for architectural wonders designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that have dazzled the world.
Built in 1939, Fallingwater is likely Wright’s most famous work. Perched atop a rushing waterfall nestled into the forest, this summer escape in Pennsylvania draws millions of visitors year round.
Completed in 1921, the splendor of this rigorous composition is unparalleled. A hollyhock is a genus of about 60 flowering plants, also known as Alcea, and are what inspired the aesthetic of this house and the surrounding landscapes.
Our blue Planet Earth is a world with surfaces primarily consisting of vast bodies of water. Believe it or not, the landmass only makes up of 29% of our planet! One third of Earth’s total landmass constitutes of deserts of all varieties. The term desert is defined as any land area that has an annual deficit of water, which could range from arid canyons to frigid polar planes.
Integrating modern homes into extreme climates has become more than a necessity to natives of such zones; it is an architectural and artistic niche fueling the passion for millions. Desert design is innovative endeavor of insulating each space to create a temperature neutral interior climate, melding materials with the geographic landscape, and maximizing use of solar energy by taking advantage of natural resources, and fuzing elements of modern technology.
Each of these unique designs presents contemporary designs with state of the art technology, creating a new world of modern living in extreme climates.
The Desert Villa by Studio Aiko
This design has mastered merging the magical scenery of the desert with modern design and architecture. Don’t be fooled, this marvelous beauty doesn’t quite exist yet, this is just an artistic rendering!
Alavi House is situated at the foothills of the Zagros Mountain range at the edge of a desert. The 194-square-meter solar roof features 104 solar modules capable of meeting a minimum of 29,000 kWh a year, far exceeding the average electricity consumption of an Iranian household. Tesla is revolutionizing the way we power and build our homes – and architects are taking note. Due to the arid climate, the architects used the prevailing winds from the south and southwest to inform the roof’s sloped shape and direction.
“With a roof tilted toward East, we can create effective zones of negative pressure at the climax of the roof helping to ventilate the building naturally through most of the year,” wrote the architects. “Controllable vents, at the climax of the roof have a sucking effect, together with the large openings to the south of the building. Air filters by flowing through a broken line of evergreen trees (Cedrus deodara) and over a pool in the outdoors and then by passing over an indoor garden of Snake Plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) which is known to be a great air purifier (NASA Clean Air Study) and over a pond.”
The home is finished in concrete save for the double skin on the sloped roof that would be clad in the nearly imperceptible Tesla solar cells installed 30 centimeters above the roof. The operable double skin roof can rotate open to allow the sun to heat the concrete roof and warm the interior.
Alternatively on colder days, the roof rotates close to provide shade from the sun, while simultaneously optimizing conditions for generating solar energy.
Steven Holl’s Planar House, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Using raw Concrete and Corten Steel to create a great prefabricated home and art gallery. Planar House, named for its geometric planes features strategic skylights and windows add to the dramatic angles. The rooftop boasts a spectacular view of the desert and Camelback mountain – and has its own sculpture garden.
This unusual home is designed by Oller & Pejic Architecture of Los Angeles, partnered with Marc Atlan of Yucca Valley, California. Its dark mystique features geometric intricacies which give it an intriguing allure.
Tasked by the Biomimicry Institute’s Student Design Challenge with finding solutions to every day challenges by looking to nature, a team of students, Elnaz Amiri, Hesam Andalib, Roza Atarod, and M-amin Mohamad from the Art University of Isfahan in Iran decided to design a house that is self-cooling – just like a snail.
Hesam Andalib told Fastco. Design that the snail has remarkable qualities that has allowed it to stay both cool and moist in even the harshest temperatures. He and the rest of the design team found its form, the material of its shell, and its coping strategies to be qualities worth emulating in architecture.
Remarkably, they found that this unique design works like a charm, and the home is delightfully comfortable without air conditioning in even the most formidable heat.
This ingeniously resourceful desert technology features a concave roof system to collect rainwater, help cool the buildings, create filtered drinking water, and integrate water into interior graywater systems. The bowl-shaped roof design addresses rapid evaporation, used to channel even the smallest amounts of accumulated rain, coalescing them into drops big enough to harvest before they evaporate.
The concave roof systems also provide optimal shade for the structures below, creating an additional cooling system.
Situated in the dramatic landscapes of the Palm Desert, this stunning modern home captures the warm gradients of the terrain, while integrating cooling oasis-like plant life and pools to surround the property.
The Helal New Moon Residence, The United Arab Emirates
Islamic culture is embodied and has been reinterpreted through modern technology and design in this 35,000-square-foot residence in the United Arab Emirates. Searing temperatures and ample desalinated water allowed the desert site to be transformed into an oasis with pools and landscaping.
The canopy forms a crescent moon – symbolic of new life – reminiscent of a Bedouin tent, sheathed in shimmering aluminum, adorned in moucharabieh traditional lattice, and lined in fountains, pools, and date palm grove aisles.
“Like Dubai itself, the house is adapting traditions while working toward the future.”