Many of us dream of living a peaceful and quiet life off the grid. The thought lingers when work starts feeling monotonous. Or maybe the sense of isolation has always been somewhere within. But are we brave enough to ‘switch off’ from the world and actually do it?
Take a few minutes of your daily life and drown yourself in the picturesque beauty of these twelve isolated homes in lands of serenity. Enjoy.
1. Crystal Mill Shack
Yes! A place like this does exist, and this isn’t just a well-done Photoshop job. However, it’s not actually a house, rather a power plant on Colorado’s Crystal River. The site is privately owned and not open to the public, but that shouldn’t stop us from dreaming of living in a place like this, with the one we love.
2. Casa Brutale
Two Greek architects have created a striking house design called ‘Casa Brutale’ that perfectly complements the powerful concrete style known as brutalism. They’ve embedded their luxury brutalist home into a cliff, creating a severe yet inviting structure with a terrifying view. Quite something to live in a place like this, isn’t it?
3. Casa do Penedo (House of Stone)
A two-storey home built among four large boulders in an open field in Portugal, Casa do Penedo is truly a work of imagination. What was built in 1974 as a family’s rural retreat has, in recent years, become an attraction for tourists and architecture enthusiasts. So bad was the situation that Vitor Rodrigues, the man who built this house, had to move once again to find solace from curious visitors.
4. Cliff House
We only assume that ‘Casa Brutale’ was inspired by the Cliff House. Designed by Australian architectural firm Modscape, this one is a three-bedroom home anchored to a sheer cliff face. Sadly, though, the Cliff House still remains a distant dream for its makers, as getting the planning permit could be tricky. We really hope they end up making it soon though.
5. Fallingwater / Kaufmann Residence
Fallingwater, or the Kaufmann House, is one of the most famous houses in the United States. Built by Frank Lloyd Wright, it was once used as a weekend home for his family between 1937 and 1963. It was later turned into a museum after being donated to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1964.
6. Micro House in the woods
Famous Finnish designer Robin Falck built this cute little cabin right in the middle of nowhere, in a forest so small, that it didn’t even require a permit. It’s hard to believe, but this teeny-tiny little pad is all of 128 square feet in size. Angled windows give the interior a lot of natural light, and allow the owner to see the stars at night, as they tuck away with nature.
7. The House On Drina River
This bizarre little pad has been around for ages, if you’d believe it. Balancing on a rock in the middle of the Drina River in Serbia, the house has been pounded by floods, high winds, and all that nature could throw at her. Built by a group of young swimmers, who simply wanted a place to rest while out splashing in the river, they found the rock and started using it regularly. As time went by, they wanted a more comfortable place and began to build the house one board at a time. What an idea!
8. The HemLoft Secret Tree House
After graduating with a degree in software development, Joel Allen went to work for a start-up company that would eventually fold in 2006. The owner of the self-made and self-funded HemLoft secret tree house, was jobless and without direction. He then met the self-taught carpenter ‘Old Man John’ at a festival, who inspired Joel in pursuing his passion for carpentry. The rest is in front of your eyes.
9. The Holy Trinity Monastery
Six inhabited monasteries lie far up the rocky hills of Meteora. This incredible construction overlooking the Greek town of Kalambaka can be reached after climbing a series of 140 steps which sum up to about 400 metres high and are carved directly into the cliff face. Gorgeous.
10. The House in the Island of Elliðaey
That small little blip of white in the middle of the green of the grass, and the blue of the ocean is the house we are talking about. On the island Elliðaey, lies one lonesome and mysterious cottage with only a few stray cattle that loiter about its grassy rocks. Isolated from the rest of the world, not a great deal is known about the island or the house that occupies it. We think it should remain that way.
11. Thousand Islands Single House
Right in the middle of Canada’s Saint Lawrence river lies the aptly named Just Room Enough Island, a tiny piece of land that only has enough room to support one house, and nothing else. When the tide is high the water of the river laps against the house’s walls (that shouldn’t be a problem for us Indians, considering the drainage of this country is as bad if not worse). However at low tide, the owners can soak up the sun.
12. Village of Gásadalur
This piece of absolute beauty is located on the island of Vágar in the Faroe Islands. The village of Gásadalur holds a small population of 18. Its inaccessibility makes the site difficult to visit, but it’s more or less manageable in today’s day and age. Just look at it, like a painting, innit?
Time to wake up from the dream, and carry on with our mundane lives.