An island escape that can only be reached through waterways a low-lying cabin that can barely be spotted from a distance a green roof that keeps the temperature inside warm and toasty and a design that pays tribute to local architecture – the Go Home Bay Cabin in has plenty going for it. It is pretty much the ideal weekend retreat for the eco-conscious adventurer and designed by Ian MacDonald Architect its interior is as elegant as the idea behind its creation.
A touch different from every other home on our list House Pibo in Maldegem is a partially underground structure with water-resistant walls and a garden that also morphs into its roof! The sloped roof of the semi-buried home is covered in greenery and over time the homeowner can easily turn this into a garden filled with beautiful flowering plants. On the inside a multi-level design that draws benefit from the smart insulation of the green roof ensures that life seems both bright and unique.
Taking the idea of a green rooftop garden a step further is the spectacular Penthouse Ecopark in Hung Yen Province . This modern home designed by iHouse combines a distinct industrial-style living area with a terrace garden that also holds a Jacuzzi a glass pergola and an outdoor lounge. The terrace garden is visually connected with the master bedroom and allows the homeowners to escape the rigors of a long and hard day at work each evening.
This classic home near takes precisely this route as its homeowners wanted a new social and family zone that was connected to the rear garden at all times. was revamped and extended by Edwards Rensen Architects to meet the growing demands of the family without splurging on a major renovation.
Nestled in a tranquil neighborhood of London there was plenty of space on offer for Scenario Architecture to give the classic home a smart makeover that connects the interior with the gorgeous green garden outside.
It is hard enough to design an ergonomic and aesthetic modern apartment in limited space but the task becomes trickier when you need to also incorporate a design studio within the limited confines. Add to this the need to transform it into a safe and kid-friendly setting that a six-year old can also enjoy and you have the Brandburg Home and Studio in Poznan.
For most of us it is the ground floor of our home that holds the entrance and the living area with the top level holding the bedrooms and other private spaces. But the Cliff Dwelling nestled on a steep cliff next to Lake Austin flips this floor plan to suit the specific needs of the site and it is the rooftop garden retreat and entrance that steal the show here.