7 Tips For Buying the Best Beach Condo in the Right Spot

The cool breezes, long shores, the walk on sand, the beautiful sunrise and sunset can be relaxing. The best place to find it all, will of course be the beaches. So instead of visiting this place often, why not live here permanently or at least have your second home here? A lot of people think […]

North Fork Bay House

Laurel, United States –  Resolution: 4 Architecture Built area:    153.2 m2 Year built:    2015 North Fork Bay House is a prefabricated beach house that stands on top of steel stilts. The structure was lifted off the ground because the homeowners were concerned of potential flooding. The area below the house now serves as parking, […]

The Lookout at Broad Cove Marsh

Location Inverness County, Canada – Omar Gandhi Architect Project Year :     2015 Developed Area :     185.18 m2 Photographs :     Doublespace Photography The Lookout at Broad Cove Marsh is a dramatic piece of architecture set in an even more dramatic landscape. Situated between a tree-lined road and a cliff, the house overlooks the ocean […]

Leaf House – Indigenous ingenuity

Leaf House - Rio de Janeiro by Mareines + Patalano

Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro – Mareines + Patalano Bamboo, local timbers, copper, massive beams spanning 20 metres and one of the world’s greatest harbours, help to make this a truly unique home. The design drew inspiration from indigenous Brazilian architecture to use natural ventilation to manage the hot and humid climate. Notes from […]

Surfing in Costa Rica

Guanacaste beach house

Guanacaste  Costa Rica  –  Datum Zero Architecture Year built:     2008 Built area:     3,540 sq. ft.  ( 328 m2) A vacation home designed for a young lawyer with a passion for surfing, a modest budget and a difficult site with views over the Pacific. The architect’s notes: “The house is organized as a horizontal bar […]


Layer upon layer upon layer - 24H Architecture

Lake Övre Gla, Sweden  –  24H Architecture Netherlands based firm, 24H have an enviable record having designed and developed some of the world’s most interesting architecture. It seems that no material or concept is ‘out of bounds’ for them with finished projects ranging from the latest alloys, steel and glass, through to bamboo, rammed earth […]

Timms Bach – an off the grid beach shelter

Auckland, New Zealand – Herbst Architects Year built:      2005 – 2010 Photography:      Jackie Meiring Awards:      2011 – NZIA Auckland architecture award A bach is Kiwi for ‘cabin’. They can be at the beach, in the snow or anywhere in between. The common thread is that they are lightweight structures […]

The Fish House

Built for the view and the breezes...

Singapore – Guz Architects Built area:   726 sqm Gross Floor Area:   540 m2  (5,832 sq. ft.) Project Year:   2009 Photographs:   Patrick Bingham Hall It’s easy to think of Singapore only as the city itself. Neat. Ordered. Spotless. Effficient.  Full of high-rise apartment complexes. But there is another side to Singapore as this home demonstrates. The […]

Bouddi Beach House

Bouddi Beach House

Bouddi Peninsula, Australia – Castlepeake Architecture What started as a private retreat for one of Australia’s great entrepreneurs, developed over time to become one of the country’s most exclusive and luxurious getaways.  The development is less than 90 minutes north of Sydney’s CBD. It sits in one of the world’s most beautiful environments – the […]

Dani Ridge House

Built to withstand the elements

Big Sur  California  USA  –  Carver + Schicketanz Year built:     2011 Lot size:     30 acres  (12 hectares) Built area:     2,000 sq. ft.  (185 m2) Cor-ten steel, reclaimed timbers, rock walls, limestone floors, laminated beams and a green roof ensure that this ocean-side vacation home will always be minimum maintenance. […]

House of Horizon

The fishing village and beyond...

Sasebo city in Nagasaki – Architect Show Co.,Ltd Site Area:     327 m2  (3532 sq ft) Building Area:     129 m2  (1,393 sq ft) Floor Area:     243 m2  (2,624 sq ft) Built:     2011 Photography:     Toshihisa Ishii Japanese architect, Masahiko Sato has a philosophy of developing a deep empathy with both […]

Port Fairy House

Built to the view and the weather...

Port Fairy  Victoria  Australia  –  Farnan Findlay Architects Situated some 290 kilometres from Melbourne, Port Fairy is close enough to be a ‘weekender’ location for a Melbourne family. It also offers permanent residency for those lucky enough to be able to build a career in nearby Warrnambool. Facing onto the Southern Ocean, it is an […]

A Dream By The Water

An ever-changing outlook...

West Vancouver Canada – Merrick Architecture Paul Merrick and the firm he started, Merrick Architecture, are among Canada’s most recognized and awarded in the field of architecture. The home featured here is a fine example of the rendering of the firm’s philosophy: Community, Humanity, Culture, History, Green, Future – Together, these principles embody the collective spirit and […]

Villa Krona

Villa Krona - Kemiö island Finland

Kemiö island Finland  –  Helin and Co Architects Built:   2010 Floor Area: 130 m2 dwelling + 42 m2 decks Site area: 1.3 hectares   (3.21 acres) Thanks to fan Suzanne Martin for introducing us to this lovely home.  This part of the world is dotted with thousands of small, rocky islands. And while the winters are harsh, […]

Coromandel Container

An entertainer's dream...

Coromandel Peninsula NZ  –  Crosson Clark Carnachan Architects Year built:     2002 Photography:     Patrick Reynolds When is a container not a container? When it uses the concept of the simplicity and security that a container offers, but is custom built. CCCA definitely rank ‘way up there’ in the list of the world’s […]

Seaview House

Seaview House - JCB

Old Barwon Heads Victoria Australia   –  Jackson Clement Burrows JCB are internationally renown architects.  We like their innovative thinking and that they still seem to delight in doing simple residential projects.  This house is located in Old Barwon Heads on a street comprising an eclectic mix of post war beach houses.  The dominant theme is […]

Tiny Beach House on Rails

Tiny Beach House on Rails - Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand  –  Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects Year Built:    2011 Photography:   Jackie Meiring Update:  Best Exterior Innovation at the 2012 NZ Timber Design Awards. This beach front property is in a coastal erosion zone. Building approval is withheld unless the home is relocatable. The owners, architects and builders of this home took […]

We found your beach shack!

We found your beach shack!

This is relaxed living at its absolute best.  It’s green, clean and anything but mean.  And it’s affordable as long as you’re happy to move to Costa Rica.  We’re thinking about it ;-} Click on any image to start the lightbox display.  Use your Esc key to close the lightbox.  You can also view the […]

The Treehouse at Separation Creek

The Treehouse

Victoria, Australia – Jackson Clements Burrows Australia is a country with a dry, hot centre. In fact, much of the country quickly turns to arid or even desert landscape within 100 kilometres of the coast.  Is it any wonder that the ‘great Australian dream’ has always been ‘a shack on the beach somewhere’? Those shacks were usually […]