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Required Reading: Retreat: The Modern House in Nature

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Required Reading: Retreat: The Modern House in Nature

December 23, 2015

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Frequently asked questions

What is the Required Reading Retreat article all about?

The article is about The Modern House in Nature, which has been designed for people who are seeking peace and quiet in a serene, natural environment.

What kind of houses are featured in the article?

The article showcases 12 homes that are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding nature. These houses are modern, eco-friendly, and sustainable.

What are some notable features of these houses?

The houses featured in the article have many unique and notable features, such as floor-to-ceiling windows, indoor-outdoor living areas, sustainable materials, and stunning natural surroundings.

What is the main message of the article?

The main message of the article is to show how modern architecture can exist in harmony with nature. The houses featured in the article are perfect examples of how we can create beautiful, sustainable homes that are also respectful of the natural environment.

Who is the intended audience for this article?

The article is aimed at people who are interested in modern architecture and sustainable living. It is also for those who are seeking inspiration for their own homes or a peaceful retreat away from the city.

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