Humans need shelter as much as they need food, sleep, and other essentials. If you”ve ever been disappointed with the installation of a new housing development or the dreaded luxury high rise, you might have asked yourself: do human dwellings have to be so ugly and obtrusive? If you want to live in the blissful solitude of nature, there”s something, well, unnatural about plunking a house down in the middle of untouched land. So what can you do?
Luckily, there are clever designers and architects everywhere who work to reconcile the human need for shelter with respect for natural settings that look better without humans stomping all over it. Using clever and surprisingly simple technology, these buildings blend right in with their surroundings.
The Woodpile Studio, The Netherlands
Juniper House, Sweden
The Cadyville Sauna
The Pinnacle, Nashville, TN
Utility Building, The Netherlands
Green Box, Italy
Lucid Stead, Joshua Tree National Park
Aloni House, Greece
Glass Barn, The Netherlands
Camouflage House 3, Japan
The Pierre, San Juan Islands, WA
Cave Palace Ranch, Utah
If you”re the kind of person who would rather not be an eyesore, consider covering your house in mirrors, photo prints, or growing vines. Blending in sometimes makes you stand out, but in an amazingly creative way.