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Beautiful Modern Forest Houses which are Architectural Wonders

Modern houses in the forest
Modern houses in the forest (Source Contemporist)

There are so many architectural wonders around us in the form of beautiful forest houses. You might not want to hit the trails or go completely off the grid. On the other hand, if you’re looking for peace and relaxation, there’s still no place better than a retreat in the woods.

These rustic residences have come a long way from traditional cabins and cottages. In addition, architects have put a contemporary spin on woodland homes. Moreover,they created spectacular structures of glass, wood, and steel. They take advantage of their beautiful settings. All in all, these modern structures will make you long for a life surrounded by the great outdoors.

These wonders range from a lake house in Ontario to a glass tower in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Most beautiful Forest houses
Most beautiful Forest houses (Source Pinterest)

Gambier Island House – Gambier Island, British Columbia

Galary of the Gambier Island House
Galary of the Gambier Island House (ArchDaily)

Gambier Island House is perched high above a protected cove on its namesake isle in British Columbia. In addition, Gambier Island House is a rectilinear weekend retreat of wood, glass, and steel. The designers were McFarlane Green Biggar Architecture + Design. They did it  for a young Vancouver-based couple. The house nestles in its sylvan setting. Furthermore, it features glazed walls and sliding doors, framing views of the surrounding forest.

Gambier Island House
Gambier Island House (Source Dezeen)
Gallery of the Gambier Island House
Gallery of the Gambier Island House (Source ArchDaily)

Gambier Island House operates independently of the mainland energy grid. Instead it is drawing on a propane furnace and solar-powered battery system onsite.

Moose Road   – Ukiah, California

Moose Road is a lanternlike vacation house. The designers are Mork-Ulnes Architects, in Ukiah, California. This wonder is on steel stilts to minimize its environmental impact and preserve the roots of each oak tree on the property. Moreover, the house has a unique three-pronged floor plan. This floor plan showcases stunning vineyard and mountain views.

Moose Road House in California
California – Moose Road House (Source Wallpaper)
Moose Road House by Mork Ulnes Architects
Mork Ulnes Architects – Moose Road House (Source Dezeen)
Moose Road House by Mork Ulnes Architects
Moose Road House by Mork Ulnes Architects (Source Divisare)

At Moose Road, the walls, doors, and built-in cabinetry are made from local plywood. Hence, the interiors have a simple, rustic air.

Crow’s Nest  –  Norden, California

BCV Architecture + Interiors designed this pine-and-concrete cabin. This is situated in Norden, California. The Crow’s Nest, constructed near Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, features a winged roof. It also has a façade dotted with square windows.

Crow’s Nest Residence
Crow’s Nest Residence (Source Home Design Lover) (Source Home Design Lover)
The Crow’s Nest at night
The Crow’s Nest (Source Architect Magazine)
Crow’s Nest
Crow’s Nest (Source Pinterest)

At the Crow’s Nest, you get broad windows in rooms with high, beamed ceilings. In addition, they frame views of evergreens and the Sierra Nevada range.

Clear Lake Cottage  – Ontario

Clear Lake Cottage is a creation of MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects in Ontario. It was built for a Toronto-based family of five. The lake house consists of a black corrugated-metal façade and gently pitched roof. The design evokes a long, low tent.

Gallery of Clear Lake Cottage
Gallery of Clear Lake Cottage (Source ArchDaily)
Clear Lake Cottage
Clear Lake Cottage (Source ArchDaily)

Common areas at Clear Lake Cottage, like the dining room, look out onto a nearby lake. This lends the house its name. At the same time, the private spaces have views of the surrounding woods.

Architectural Wonders – Tower House  – New York

Tower House was designed by Gluck + in New York’s Catskill Mountains in 2012. This beauty  has a distinct T-shape and an all-glass enclosure that reflects the forest.

Look above the trees at the Tower House
Look above the trees at the Tower House (Source Curbed)
The Tower House
The Tower House (Source ArchDaily)
The Tower House
The Tower House (Source ArchDaily)

The kitchen and combined living-dining room occupy Tower House’s horizontal section. Also, this is high above the treetops, offering spectacular views of Catskill Park.

Architectural Wonders – The River-house –  Coxsackie, New York

Basil Walter, head of the Manhattan firm BWArchitects, sited this home. This is known as the Riverhouse. It was for a longtime client. This is above the Hudson River in Coxsackie, New York. The L-shaped structure combines concrete, wood, steel, and expansive panes of glass. Moreover, these emphasize views of the natural surroundings.

River House
River House (Source Curbed NY)
Rothschild’s River House Duplex
Rothschild’s River House Duplex (Crain’s New York Business)
Rolling the water at River House
Rolling the water at River House (Source New York Times)

Designer Poonam Khanna furnished the interiors. Further, he has grouped  BDDW sofas, a cocktail table from Ralph Pucci International, and a David Weeks Studio light fixture in the living room. In addition, the fireplace is by Fireorb.

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