A dreamy, nature-touched home stands on the riverbank of a small village in Hoi An ancient town of Quang Nam province, Vietnam, elegantly designed by lequang-architects. Surrounded by a typical agricultural landscape, the 180 square metre home was designed to quietly meld within the greenery of the local landscape. The homeowner is an environmental expert, and she wished for her son to grow up in natural surroundings, and to benefit from the life education that this experience brings. This house acts as a tranquil base for such a lifestyle and also for the lives of birds and insects thanks to a serene courtyard design, where small creatures can visit and find shelter amongst the shrubs.

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A father builds a laid-back family getaway in harmony with nature on a waterfront site near Easton

Sometimes a destination sticks with you long after other memories of a trip have faded. Such was the case when a father bound for the beach with his three kids stopped for lunch in Easton, Maryland. “I fell in love with the town,” he reflects. “It was always in the back of my mind.”

Little did he know that decades later this pristine Eastern Shore spot would lure him back. Now based in Florida, the businessman was searching for a site where he and his wife could build a vacation home and rendezvous with their grown kids, who live in New York. As he explains, “I love boating and wanted to have a place on the Chesapeake.”

When he and a real estate broker landed by boat on an abandoned two-acre property overlooking

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Located in Llanogrande, Colombia, 5 Solidos architects have designed this imposing jungle house to incorporate tranquil Japanese Ethos. The form of the home is softened inside and out with curved corners that facilitate a peaceful flow. Natural wood grain, great expanses of water and majestic trees join to create calm zen encounters across enchanting outdoor spaces, of which there are an equal balance over first and second story terraces. Interior design is a sleek Japanese inspired affair of low to the ground chabudai tables, zabuton cushions and zaisu chairs. Minimalist aesthetics radiate a warm, earthy and traditional essence that creates a soothing sight to behold.

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