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The most forward-looking spaces designed for rustic living in the twenty-first century. Across the globe, architects are creating innovative houses for country living, reimagining the way we escape into the natural world. Some combine industrial materials like metal and concrete with traditional wood. Others create sophisticated essays in off-grid living, employing the most technologically ambitious green-living strategies. Still others place discreet structures on remote, almost-unbuildable locations.
This unique volume profiles new and recent projects that illustrate the inexhaustible potential of the modern house to enter into a dialogue with nature in sustainable yet stylish ways. The collection spans the globe, from the Pacific Northwest to the forests of Japan. Today’s architectural vanguard is represented, as well as established architects working at the forefront of twenty-first-century design, including Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Rick Joy, Olson Kundig, and Marcio Kogan. These rustic retreats—with comfortable and appealing modern interiors—will resonate with readers of shelter magazines, while the cutting-edge reputations of their architects will interest professionals and students.
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Ron Broadhurst has written about architecture and interior design for the Wall Street Journal and is the author of The Urban House: Townhouses, Apartments, Lofts, and Other Spaces for City Living and Houses: Modern Natural/Natural Modern.Review:
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"The new book Retreat: The Modern House in Nature by Ron Broadhurst is filled with dream houses with cutting-edge architecture nestled into lush greenery and other serene landscapes."
—Dan Rubinstein, Home & Design Editor
"Around the world, homeowners who seek solitude have built masterful retreats farther and farther away from metropolitan areas. And in the 21st century, these homes are frequently designed with a modern, minimalist touch, both inside and out. . . Retreat: The Modern House in Nature presents gorgeous images of such houses that will inspire you to leave the city for the wilderness."
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