Italian Barn House

Damaged by an earthquake, the Italian Barn House is a resurrected barn in the Modena plain. A limited number of interior walls create a seamless transition throughout the linear floor plan. The common areas are housed on the ground floor, while the study, bathroom and bedrooms are upstairs. Lightly washed wood covers the floors and walls to create a neutral palette and add to the minimalist aesthetic. The two-story residence is made entirely of glazed walls to take in the views of the surrounding fields. When privacy is desired, a series of timber shutters unfold to create a barrier between the inside and the exterior's endless pastures.

Photos: Davide Galli / Archiplan Studio

  • Dune House

    Planted in the sands of the Dutch island of Terschelling, the Dune House is designed to capture the unique character of its natural environment. The abstract roofline is a play on the form of its rugged surroundings and is angled to invite in the North Sea breeze. Mimicking the palette and texture of the sandy lanscapes, bare timber siding covers the entire exterior and is reflected throughout the interior of the ground floor. Sleeping quarters are housed in a sunken basement, while the kitchen and living spaces are above and ascend over multiple platforms, emulating a hike through the neighboring dunes. Whether you're sitting at the dining table or hanging in the top loft, every window was thoughtfully placed in order to accommodate the function of the room as well as the intended view.

    Photos: Filip Dujardin / MKA

  • Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    Located as far north as you can get via commercial flight, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is designed as a failsafe should the rest of the world's crop collections disappear due to any number of potential catastrophes. It's ideal for a number of reasons, like the Permafrost and thick rock that keep the seeds frozen without the need for powered systems, a semi-remote location that's above sea level and unlikely to be the target of a direct military strike, and a stunning illuminated artwork that runs the length of the roof to above the entrance that will help make finding it — and the 4.5 million varieties of crops it holds — that much easier (assuming the power's still on).

    Photos: The Crop Trust

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