ISSUE 51  |  Winter's Light

Required Reading: Retreat: The Modern House in Nature

December 23, 2015 12:00 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

Though the houses in Rizzoli’s latest architecture tome are not modest, they’re homes for lovers of architecture and nature.

Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

Above: The Pierre house by Seattle architect Tom Kundig has a sweeping view of the Puget Sound in Washington’s San Juan Islands.

Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

Above: The architect had the site excavated so the house would sit among the rocks rather than perched atop them.

Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

Above: The retreat comprises three buildings by Fearon Hay Architects on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island: one for bedrooms, one for working, and one for living and dining, shown here.

Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

Above: No space is wasted on hallways: the bedrooms are accessed directly from the outdoors.

Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

Above: A grove of protected New Zealand pohutukawa trees gave Herbst Architects a challenge to nestle a house within.

Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

Above: The double-height great room is covered in glass, lending occupants the feeling of residing inside the forest.

Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

Above: Retreat: The Modern House in Nature by Ron Broadhurst is $35.83 on Amazon.

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