This breathtaking architectural masterpiece located in Canmore, Alberta, Canada is a world class estate in the exclusive gated community, The Cairns on the Bow. The estate is a private castle in the Rocky Mountains offering 11,058 square feet of living space. There is a hidden staircase that leads down to a stone-walled grotto with waterfall and gated wine room. The exquisite residence has an asking price of CAN$12 million.
Located in Extremadura in the province of Cáceres, Spain, this country house was transformed into a family home from an abandoned stable. The rustic home with modern simplicity completely respects the environment. A solar panel system was developed to provide energy in the summer, and turbines were installed to make use of the streams to supply energy during the winter.
Located in Bijaca, Bosnia-Herzegovina in a remote part of West Herzegovina, this country house is built from natural stone from a local quarry. Designed by DVA Arhitekta, the country house is a multi-unit property stretching over a wild landscape.
This beautiful country villa in Mallorca, Spain blends contemporary interior design with traditional rustic elements. Designed by Mestre Paco, the eclectic decorating uses simple contemporary flair to balance the natural stone walls. Wooden beams and wooden shutters enhance the rustic environment.
The Bavarian Chalets in Taos, New Mexico are contemporary alpine residences located halfway up Taos Mountain at an altitude of 10,200 feet. The rustic alpine chalets with contemporary elegance are sensitive to its environment. The interior design by award winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud is a blend of Bavarian influences and mining style cabins. Stainless steel fireplaces and industrial cabinetry are contemporary tributes to Taos’s mining past, while reproductions of 1950’s ski posters acknowledges the black-diamond ski trails.
This tiny cottage in the Lauttasaari Recreational Park in Western Helsinki, Finland is an affordable and eco-friendly retreat designed by Finnish architects Jussi and Riina Palva. It is located just a quick 10-minute bike ride from the Palvas’ apartment in Helsinki. The cottage is heated by an HWAM fireplace. The couch converts into a bed. A stainless steel serving bowl from IKEA on the kitchen counter serves as a makeshift wash basin (a hose is just outside). A two-burner gas stovetop completes the kitchen. The 150-square-foot cabin costs around US$42,000 to build.
Balancing Barn is situated by a small lake in the countryside near Thorington in Suffolk, England. The traditional barn shape modern country house cantilevers over a slope at midpoint. The rigid structure of the house makes it possible for 50% of it to balance in free space. Reflective metal sheeting covers the exterior. The highly ventilated and insulated house is warmed by a ground source heat pump resulting in a highly energy efficient building. The interior theme is dominated by timeless timber and a neutral palette.
Built on a small hill surrounded by tall tress, this cottage in the rural area of Snegiri near Moscow, Russia is designed to fit the landscape. Architect Carlson & Co made the house part of the landscape by inserting it into the hill with terraces, maximizing its natural environment. Light stone and natural wood are used for the house itself to blend in with its surroundings.