This dreamy cluster of cabins houses light-filled live/work spaces in Hokkaido

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Japanese architect Makoto Suzuki has carved out a slice of live/work paradise with this cluster of cabin-like volumes in Hokkaido. While each mono-pitched structure appears to stand independently, the timber-clad buildings are interconnected. The building, called the House in Tokiwa, also achieves harmony with the landscape through the use of natural materials and low-profile structures designed to embrace nature at every turn.

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Dreamy cabin is the perfect lakeside escape for large families

Montreal-based YH2 Architecture has given the traditional lakeside cottage a modern refresh in Window on the Lake, a minimalist timber cabin that derives its name from its stunning glazed end wall. Located just steps away from the shores of Lac Plaisant in Quebec’s Mauricie region, the gabled dwelling features a clean and minimalist design so as not to detract from its surroundings. The spacious family cottage sleeps up to 12 across two floors.

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Dreamy cabin harvests rainwater and natural light for a minimal carbon footprint

Nevada-based INCLINEDESIGN proves sustainable infrastructure can be beautiful in this dreamy timber cabin on Lopez Island, Washington. Available in the summer as a vacation rental, the Barn Gallery guesthouse is a showcase of eco-friendly design from its use of reclaimed timber and metal to its elegantly crafted rainwater catchment system. Surrounded by four acres of woodland and private meadow, the guesthouse faces southwest for views of a secluded waterfront bluff.

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This solar-powered cabin is a dreamy green getaway in the Colorado Mountains

Perched on a rocky cliff at 10,000 feet elevation, the Big Cabin | Little Cabin offers unique views of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, the Collegiate Peaks, and the South Platte River. Renée del Gaudio Architecture designed the residence as a pair of solar-powered cabins which capture the essence of traditional cabins through a modern interpretation.

A thick forest surrounds the site to the north and offers a sense of privacy and protection to the occupants of the cabin. Gabled roofs… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dreamy holiday home by the lake makes the most of a small footprint

Commissioned by a family of five who sought a simple country getaway from Bratislava, the holiday home is sited on an island in the Danube River overlooking beautiful lakeside views. With only 65 square meters to work with, the architects organized the home around a large open-plan central living room and exposes a tall vaulted ceiling to create a sense of spaciousness. Natural light pours into the building through large glazed folding doors that open up to the adjacent lake and extend the footprint… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building