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French Island Farmhouse

Located on a remote island, the French Island Farmhouse is an off-gride abode off the coast of Australia. With no power, water, or sealed roads on the site, the only option was to prefabricate the structure off-site and deliver it in five parts across Victoria's Westernport Bay. The steel and Austrialian hardwood-clad home is completely self sustaining, running off solar power, rainwater harvesting, wood heating, and a worm farm sewage treatment system. In the middle of the exterior, a cutout creates a large courtyard to take in the isolated setting, while its elevated foundation allows for undisrupted views of the adjacent sea.

Photos: Jaime Diaz Berrio / Lai Cheong Brown

  • Ancient Apartment

    The herringbone wood floors, subdued color palette, and well-chosen, minimal furnishings make it feel modern. The walls tell you otherwise. Built using portions of the existing structure that date back as far as the 500s, the Ancient Apartment mixes old and new with rare results. It was completed as part of a renovation of an entire multi-story building in Mantua, Italy, and takes advantage of the original decorations found in the ceilings and walls by leaving them exposed and surrounding them with furnishings that allow them to stand out.

    Photos: Davide Galli / Archiplan Studio

  • Wood Duck Cabin

    Tucked away in the mountains of Quebec's Eastern Township, the Wood Duck Cabin incorporates its natural facade into the surrounding landscape. Its simple form is completely covered in timber planks in order to blend in, rather than distract from the rugged scenery. The facade continues throughout most of the modest interior, which includes an open living area below and sleeping quarters above. The focus of the house is drawn to the south where a double-height wall opens up to expansive views of Mount Glen and the river below.

    Photos: Jack Jérôme / L'Abri

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