Bourne Blue are the Australian architects behind this interior courtyard house plan in the town of Seal Rocks, Australia. This coastal cottage home was designed around an inner garden and deck – ideal for outdoor entertaining – and is bordered by glass walls that flood the house with natural light while minimizing exterior glazing, for privacy. Sliding glass doors allow for indoor-outdoor living – a must in this idyllic warm-weather environment. This vacation house is finished with minimalist interiors – simple materials that fit in with the context of this fishing village. The cottage’s rustic style comes via CFC-clad walls, polished particleboard floors and locally sourced wood for the decks.
Designed by William O’Brien Jr., the assistant professor of Architecture in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this unusual vacation house plan is an A-frame house in the forest that stands out among the trees. Small but sweet, this compact vacation cottage provides a retreat from all the hustle and bustle. The forest setting is as appreciated from the outdoors as it is in, thanks to the home’s expansive glass walls. Three asymmetrical A-frames culminate in this oddly shaped house. The Skinny A-frame houses the library, wine cellar and garage; the wide, central frame is occupied by the bedrooms and baths; while the kitchen, living and dining are to be found in the third. The house aims to undermine the seeming limitations of a triangular section by augmenting and revealing the extreme proportion in the vertical direction, and utilizing the acutely angled corners meeting the floor as moments for thickened walls, telescopic apertures and built-in storage.