Invisible House

Perched on a ridge in Australia's Blue Mountains, the Invisible House uses generous amounts of glazing to take advantage of its elevated setting. The concrete, glass, and steel exterior is protected by a massive cantilever roof that serves as both a thermal device and dam, reflecting sunlight off the water, lending to the home's covert namesake. Internally, the space maintains a palette of concrete, Mudgee stack stone, brass, and copper, while each of the four bedrooms are lined in plywood. Thanks to expansive openings in the east-facing walls, the Megalong Valley is on full display from nearly every inch of the interior.

Photos: Sotheby's

  • Rancho Dos Vistas

    With outstanding views of the Pacific coast on one side and the Santa Ynez Valley on the other, Rancho Dos Vistas is a most fitting name for this expansive property. Situated just minutes from Santa Barbara, it covers over 1,400 acres, including two miles of ridge line. The 2,500 main house has a rustic modern vibe, with windows in every room to take advantage of the location, and is surrounded by over 40 miles of roads and trails that wind throughout the hillside.

    Photos: Kerry Morman & Associates

  • Snow Peak Jyubako Camp Trailer

    This is about as minimal as it gets. Designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the Snow Peak Jyubako Camp Trailer is a refuge for the modern nomad. The portable shelter is made entirely out of raw plywood and comes completely bare on the inside, allowing for you to choose the function of each space as you desire. But don't let the basic facade fool you. Although if may look like a simple box while it's traveling, when parked, the widow and door panels fold down to create awnings, tables, and a deck for the exterior.

    Photos: Kengo Kuma and Associates

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