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A Casa de Aldán & Apartamentos Ardora

Overlooking the harbour, the A Casa de Aldán Hotel is situated in the fishing village of Aldán on the west coast of Galicia. Architect Alfonso Penela has created a building from the ruins of an old salting factory, which preserves the history of the place and at the same time radiates modernity. The reduction to a few materials—raw stone is combined with smooth cedar wood, glass and zinc—creates a calm, timeless ambience. Those who prefer to stay in an apartment will love the zinc-covered Ardora Apartments close to a beach that can be reached via private stairs.

Region/Town: ES – Spain, Galicia, Aldán

Scenery: Overlooking the harbour, close to the beach

Accommodation: Hotel, Apartment


Villa Abruzzo

Vineyards and olive groves surround Villa Abruzzo, located in the north of the Italian region of Abruzzo, just a few kilometres from the Adriatic coast. The bungalow was designed and furnished by the Berlin-based interior architect and designer Davide Rizzo, inspired by Californian mid-century architecture…

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Abruzzen, Controguerra

Scenery: Amidst olive groves and vineyards, not far from the Adriatic coast.

Accommodation: House


Solarferienhaus S3

Solarferienhaus S3 (Solar Holiday Home S3) is proof of how an A-frame house dating to the 1970s can be converted into an innovative energy-plus house that – with its modern architectural language and purist interior design – can also appeal to design aesthetes. Located in a former holiday village in Chiemgau, between the Chiemsee lake and Salzburg, the house produces more energy than it uses. This energy surplus can then be used, for example, to charge an electric car or bicycle.

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Bavaria, Chiemgau, Siegsdorf/Vorauf

Scenery: Surrounded by the charming hilly landscape of the Chiemgau

Accommodation: House

Odles Lodge: Begrüntes Dach

Odles Lodge

The Odles Lodge, situated in the middle of the Plose ski and hiking area of South Tyrol on the edge of the Dolomites, is tied closely to nature. The building grows out of the slope and seems almost like it forms part of the landscape. The ground level is constructed of natural stone, the façade of quartered larch logs, and the roof surfaces are planted with greenery.

Region/Town: IT – Italy, South Tyrol, Brixen, Plose

Scenery: Surrounded by woods and the peaks of the Dolomites

Accommodation: Apartment


Seestück Prerow

Located in the Baltic Sea resort of Prerow, this holiday home is a modern interpretation of the typical reed-thatched house. As the reeds not only cover the roof but also gables and side walls, the house has a monolithic character. …

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Fischland-Darß-Zingst

Scenery: near the Darßwald

Accommodation: House


Villa Gran Atlantico

Villa Gran Atlantico looks like a butterfly that has landed on the steep slope near the west coast of La Palma. Its overhanging roof offers a cool retreat from the intense sun. The building has two levels connected by an external staircase: the panoramic floor and the ground floor whose outer walls are overlaid with natural stone. …

Region/Town: ES – Spain, La Palma, Puntagorda

Scenery: on the western side of the island overlooking the Atlantic

Accommodation: House

Heinrichhaus: Küche und Esszimmer

Heinrichhaus and Wasserwerk

Architect Bruno Mauer has renovated two old buildings in the Swabian community of Uttenweiler and converted them into holiday homes. The Heinrichhaus, named after its builder, is a renovated farmhouse that can accommodate up to six people. The rooms have plenty of space for common activities such as cooking sessions in the well equipped kitchen or cosy gatherings in front of the fireplace.

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Uttenweiler

Scenery: in a village in the slightly hilly foothills of the alps

Accommodation: House


The Dune House

Dune House is situated near the village of Thropeness in Suffolk, on England’s eastern coast. Nestled into the dunes, the house offers fantastic views across the sea. The roof landscape is reminiscent of those on other local buildings, …

Region/Town: UK – United Kingdom, Suffolk, Thorpeness

Scenery: seaside, situated between the dunes, close to the beach

Accommodation: House


Die Arche

The „Arche“ (ark) has “dropped anchor” in the Austrian village of Serfaus. The holiday home with its extraordinary architecture refers to the surroundings with its materials. The stones of the façade and a stone wall inside the house resemble the roughness of the Serfaus Mountains. …

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Tyrol, Serfaus

Scenery: Alpine Village

Accommodation: House


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