The Hind House in Berkshire, designed by John Pardey, is built on stilts and seems to ’float’ above the river. This not only means it benefits from great views towards to the river, but serves as a barrier to the very real risk of flooding
Book: New Natural Home, by Dominic Bradbury
Although this house was built by architect Glenn Murcutt for client Marie Short, Murcutt fell so in love with the house he later bought it as his own country escape, extending the building to suit his needs and those of his family
With its extreme temperatures the Coachella valley in California may not be everyone’s ideal as a country retreat. However this is where architect Leo Marmol chose to build a holiday home - the first in a sequence of prefabricated Marmol Radziner houses
The modular formation of Marmol’s desert house includes a series of verandas and decks, with canopies and projecting roofs that shade and protect the interiors.
For the Rauch House in Vorarlberg, Austria, architect Martin Rauch used earth to creat all the surfaces and finishes, inside and outside
The Bricault House in Los Angeles is a house of many gardens. The vertical garden and roof garden form part of the eco-aware strategy that runs throughout the design of the house. Electricity is provided by photovaltaic panels on the roof.