Set amongst granite outcroppings on an island near the Norwegian Sea, Vega Cabin is a humble getaway that blends in while standing out. The lower level is setup like a large open gallery around a stone hearth, while above, the bedrooms and family areas offer smaller, more intimate settings. Both floors feature linseed oil-painted pine paneling with untreated birch details, large windows facing in three directions, thus offering unique views, and a clean, modern aesthetic.
Annabelle Selldorf is far beter known for her public buildings — like the Neue Galerie in New York City and Le Stanze del Vetro in Venice — than for private residences, which is just one of the things that make Walden House so special. Set on 105 acres in the valley west of Vail, this 10,000+ square foot house is built around a separate courtyard, with more intimate rooms that you'd expect based on its size, thanks in part to large windows at every turn providing fantastic views of the surrounding mountains, and pocket doors that help to temporarily close off certain areas from the rest of the house. In total, it has seven bedrooms, ten baths, a gym, and a professional-grade kitchen inside, with a chicken coop, greenhouse, two-bedroom, two-bath caretaker's house, and small pond outside.
Built atop an existing ruin in Italy's Bergamasque Alps, Casa VI juxtaposes a local stone exterior with a sleek modern interior. Using a sloped roof and a set of skylights, the two-story cabin offers year-round sunlight and terrific views. The ground floor houses the living room, kitchen, and a bathroom, while the upper floor plays host to a pair of bedrooms and a loft. While the exterior looks as though it could be centuries old, the contemporary interior consists of reinforced concrete, larch wood, and iron, and is finished with handmade elements like the fireplace, table, chairs, sink, and stairway.