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.
This little weekend retreat in Napa County, California has all the coziness of a country house. The interior design by Jean Larette has an understated elegance that brings a touch of traditional sophistication to the country home.
This lovely country house overlooking the sea in Croatia has everything that one needs for a peaceful retreat. The interior design by Rees Roberts + Partners/Steven Harris Architects gives this rustic stone house a contemporary flair. Stone walls in all the rooms, including the bathroom, provide a cozy ambiance. The natural landscaping blends in beautifully with the environment making this the ultimate country escape.