Elemental Elegance: 8 Remote Homes Extruding from the Landscape

How can the spaces we live within respect their context? As dense urbanization increasingly draws populations together and creates new living conditions, the desire to reconnect to the natural world becomes progressively stronger. As such, contemporary architects have begun creating new residential spaces for relaxation and connection to the outdoors. These modern retreats serve as havens, hideaways and serene sanctuaries for decompression and dwelling. Reinterpreting vernacular shelters and rural cabins, these secluded homes search for simplicity through craft, perspective and orientation. Exploring the powerful relationships that rural homes create in nature, we’re bringing together the following projects across four continents. Drawn from Phaidon’s new book, Elemental Living, the designs are formed in concert with the natural world. Raising environmental and spatial awareness, the projects create unparalleled views, integrate with their surroundings and are made from materials found in the natural landscape. Whether embracing the ocean’s infinite horizon or the grandeur of towering mountains, each residence frames experiences. Collectively, they represent design approaches that merge with and intensify the character of place. The Riparian House by Architecture BRIO, Karjat, India Sited at the foothills of the Western Ghats, this ...
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