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Category Archive: Small Vacation Houses

A vacation cottage in the dunes | Bloem and Lemstra Architects

Vlieland is an island of sand dunes off the north coast of the Netherlands. The main economic activity on the island is tourism, with hotels, campgrounds and vacation homes. Bloem and Lemstra Architects… Continue reading

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A compact prefab “Refugio” from Chile

Refugio (“Refuge”) is a tiny prefab dwelling produced by FabriHome in Chile. It is typically used as a vacation cabin but it could be a permanent residence for a single person or a… Continue reading

Arsenal B47, from munitions shed to modern cabin | Ralph Germann

From the outside, Arsenal B47 looks like an ordinary mountain cabin. However it has an interesting history. Despite Switzerland’s neutrality during the Second World War, the country had every reason to expect a… Continue reading

Charred Cabin, a place to eat, sleep and read for two | DRAA

Located a couple hours drive into the mountains north of Santiago, Chile, “Charred Cabin” is an appealingly simple vacation retreat. Working with a client budget of just $15,000, studio DRAA had to keep… Continue reading

Casa Bote | Matías Silva Aldunate

A family wanted to develop their lakeside property in southern Chile with a vacation cabin and a storage shed for small boats, kayaks and related gear. Knowing that the cabin would be used… Continue reading

Urban Treehouse | baumraum

A pair of treehouses make for a leafy vacation retreat in Berlin. The Urban Treehouse, as they are collectively named, was developed by a grandfather/grandson team who wanted to allow visitors to connect… Continue reading

Beach refuge in Chile | Pablo Errázuriz

Architect Pablo Errázuriz designed and built his own vacation getaway just a few minutes walk from the beach near Huentelauquén in central Chile.

Restoration of a traditional house on Mykonos | Werner Maritsas

This house is situated on the island of Mykonos within the South Aegean Sea. It was in ruins when purchased by new owners who asked Athens-based architect Werner Maritsas to supervise the restoration… Continue reading

The Box House, an off-grid cabin in Australia | Nicholas Murcutt

The Box House is a basic cabin in the Australian bush several hundred kilometers south of Sydney. Its owners started by camping on the land but wanted a shelter that was a step… Continue reading

Palm Beach House | Vaughn McQuarrie

Lush vegetation surrounds this small house on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island. Entry to the home is via a wooden drawbridge that takes you from the forest floor to an elevated deck with breathtaking… Continue reading

Cabana Urbana, a vibrant weekend retreat in São Paulo | Fábio Galeazzo

Designer Fábio Galeazzo transformed a run-down 1930s house into an extraordinary vacation home. The clients, both of whom are also designers, wanted a weekend retreat within the busy metropolis of São Paulo, Brazil.

Yolo County Cabin | Butler Armsden

This unusual cabin is sited next to equipment sheds on a working farm in California’s Sacramento Valley. That wouldn’t be everyone’s dream location for a vacation home, but the owners had spent their… Continue reading

Châteaux Dans Les Arbres

Combining two childhood dream abodes, the treehouse and the fairytale castle, the Châteaux Dans Les Arbres make an ideal setting for a carefree vacation. The regal lodgings are scattered in the woods near… Continue reading

Nomad Living, a container guest house | Studio ARTE

This bright orange guest house sits under a tree in the scenic Algarve region of southern Portugal. It is the first in what architect Arnold Aarssen of Studio ARTE envisions as a new… Continue reading

Summerhouse Skåne, a renovated farmhouse | LASC Studio

An abandoned farmhouse was given a new life as a contemporary Swedish summerhouse. The owners were attracted by the traditional look and nostalgic feel of the old building. However it needed some changes… Continue reading

La Maison au Bord de l’Eau, a low-cost beach house | Charlotte Perriand

Influential architect and designer Charlotte Perriand conceived La Maison au Bord de l’Eau in 1934 for an architectural competition to design a low-cost vacation home for the masses. Though she took second prize,… Continue reading

A cottage in Norway modeled on traditional boatsheds | Kolman Boye Architects

The island of Vega, on Norway’s northern coast, is located just 100 km from the Arctic Circle. While home to about 1,200 people, it’s an unlikely place for Oslo residents to build a… Continue reading

A stunning “bach” for a New Zealand family | Atelierworkshop

This “bach” is perched on a sand dune on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. A bach is a modest vacation home in New Zealand, originally referring to a basic shack built from inexpensive or… Continue reading

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