Living off the grid is something a lot of people enjoy. The peaceful and quiet ambiance, the fresh surroundings and the freedom are liberating and rewarding in a unique way. Some enjoy them so much they choose to have their permanent residences built as far away from cities as they can while others prefer to be connected to the urban jungle and to only occasionally leave it to spend some time away from everything and everyone. These are some of the off-grid homes and retreats that make such escapades and lifestyles possible.
This is a writing studio that FLOAT Architectural Research and Design built for one of their clients in 2008. Located in Oregon, US, the studio is placed in the middle of nature, in a wetland, being surrounded by vegetation on all sides. It belongs to a philosophy professor who wanted to be able to come here and write and to listen to the sound of rain falling on the roof.
Few houses are as remote and isolated as this one. This is something that Kolman Boye Architects built for their clients who wanted a cozy family home with great views and no neighbors. The house is located close to the polar circle, on the island of Vega in an area that has views of the nearby mountains and the Norwegian Sea. It’s organized on two levels. The upper level houses the bedrooms and the lower one the family spaces. The architects made sure to include a gallery space from where the inhabitants can admire the surroundings and the changing lights over the sea.
Somewhere in the Madrean Archipelago which covers an area between the Sonoran desert, Southern Arizona, Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas, there’s a quaint little space with a house sitting between the trees and boulders. It’s called Casa Caldera and it’s a small retreat that manages to capture views of the mountains while staying hidden from hunters and other potential discoverers that might travel in the region. The house was designed by DUST in 2015.
The Sugar Gum House is another charming off-grid home with lots of character and an interesting story. It was a project by Rob Kennon Architects and it’s located in Lorne, Australia, on the edge of the Bass Straight coastline, at the base of the hills that connect the area to the beach. The house serves as a sheep and cattle farm and replaces a 34-year old shack that used to occupy the lot.
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