Resembling the classic farmstead outbuilding on the outside, The Barn uses a mix of rustic finishes and modern updates for a one-of-a-kind guesthouse. Clad in reclaimed barnwood and cedar shake shingles, the exterior gives the appearance of a structure that has weathered overtime, while the interior tells another story. The ground floor acts as a garage for the owners to work on motorcycles, bicycles, and vintage cars. Above, the hayloft consists of a guest room, kitchenette, and gym, keeping the barn aesthetic with reclaimed oak floors, a plank ceiling, exposed trusses, and sliding doors. On one end of the loft, a glazed wall floods the interior with natural light, while framing in dramatic views of the surrounding meadow and Teton Range.
Audrey Hall / Carney Logan Burke Architects
Located on a 20,000-acre private preserve in California, the Butterfly House takes inspiration from the brightly-colored insects that inhabit the surrounding meadow. The home is made up of three pavilions, with the center housing the main living areas and sleeping quarters on either end. Each structure is topped with sloping v-shaped roofs, giving the home its name while also funneling rainwater to be used for the property's irrigation system. With a landscape of canyons and hillsides surrounding the site, the outdoors is brought in through extensive glazing that opens up to numerous outdoor spaces.
Joe Fletcher Photography / Feldman Architecture
At just a mere 98 square feet, the Micro Cabin can stand on its own in the dense Ontario forest. The cozy retreat operates completely off-grid, warmed by a wood-burning stove and lit by natural light, creating the most honest escape you can get from your everyday life. Its dark timber cladding stands out against the snowy landscape, contrasted by the interior's natural plywood sheathing. A lofted bedroom sits above the ground floor living area to make the most of its modest size.
Larocque Elder Architects
Located on the outskirts of Córdoba, Spain, the Cave House is a unique house with a unique backstory. The hollows from which it's built originally served as shelter for farming and livestock, and are incorporated into the new architecture as natural walls. The stone and concrete flooring pays respects to the rocky surroundings, while the white finish of the new walls helps brighten the subterranean areas and reflects light coming in through the south-facing windows.
Ignacio Amián & David Vico / Ummoestudio
Overlooking the Durlston Country Park in Swanage, the Quest House is arranged to accommodate its sloped plot while maximizing views of its valley setting. The single-story structure is formed by two parallel concrete planes, anchored by timber dry-lining and glass. Appearing to levitate above the land, the home balances on a Purbeck stone retaining wall that separates the driveway and yard, creating a cantilever shelter to keep vehicles out of sight and out of the elements. Internally, an open living area and kitchen reside at the center, flanked by two bedrooms on either end, while full-height glazing frames in unspoiled views of the scenic valley and surrounding mature trees.