Take a Mediterranean landscape, like this one in Greece: tawny vistas, views of a cobalt-blue sea, gentle hills. Blink and you're in Tatooine — or slightly more realistically, southern California, which means that this vacation spot, by London-based LASSA Architects, has plenty of design inspiration for Americans in need of a home away from home — and it includes some singular notes from the brief: "The height of the house is limited to the tip of the olive trees to enable its integration with the surrounding landscape," its architect told Design Boom.
ypsilon house (9 images)
The 150-square-meter house (that's about 1,600 square feet) blends seamlessly into its surroundings, topped by a Y-shaped green roof that separates the surrounding outdoor space into three separate courtyards; shady areas are formed by an extensive roof overhang. It's engineered to take advantage of the surrounding topography to generate ventilation — meaning no air conditioners needed, as residents can rely on breezes coming off the nearby bay. The interior is the real jaw-dropper, with curvaceous floor-to-ceiling windows framing killer views. Like of the pool. For when lounging inside gets too tiring.