Montauk Beach House

Stationed in the town of East Hampton, the Montauk Beach House brings a laid back California retreat to the East Coast. A soft white palette is flooded with tons of natural light, establishing an airy atmosphere. Whitewashed wide plank floors run throughout all three-stories and aid in highlighting the warm wood furniture and brass hardware. An eclectic mix of Moroccan rugs and mud cloth throws complete the relaxed Bohemian vibe.

Photos: Space Exploration

  • Crystal Buildings

    Okay, so it's only one building so far, but the work done on this Amsterdam boutique lays the ground for similar transformations elsewhere. Crystal Buildings creates a completely transparent facade on an otherwise opaque brick structure. The architects, MVRDV, worked in conjunction with the the delft university of technology, who partnered with engineers and contractors to come up with new structural solutions (like using a transparent adhesive instead of mortar) and fabrication techniques. The result is a stunningly clear wall made from solid glass bricks — individually cast by Poesia — glass window frames, and glass architraves, integrated directly into the existing brickwork above it, modernizing the space while paying homage to the area's past.

    Photos: MVRDV

  • Life House

    Rooted in the slopes of a Welsh hillside is a modern-day monastery in the village of Llanbister. The Life House is cleverly camouflaged by it's black exterior, blending in with the darkened vegetation inhabiting the landscape. In contrast to the dark exterior, the neutral palette applied to the handmade brick walls and Douglas fir timber ceilings throughout the interior mimic the moor grass surrounding the property. The three-bedroom retreat was purposefully designed to send out the most tranquil vibes, with each room being dedicated to a different calming theme. Choose from a bathing room, library room, or music room, complete with a curated collection of chill tunes.

    Photos: Gilbert McCarragher / John Pawson

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