The breathtaking views of the ocean, coastal landscapes and sea air are not only energizing but inspiring. Perhaps this is why so many amazing examples of architecture can be found by the sea. Some of the most innovative beachfront homes in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand are documented in the new book Living by the sea: 50 remarkable houses (Picture editing, $60).
The selection, curated by the publisher’s senior designer, Rod Gilbert, ranges from homes that blend into the environment – in concept and materials used – to areas that stand out boldly. Many properties have been built with sustainability in mind, using reclaimed or recycled materials to create structures that blend in and blend comfortably into their surroundings.
“These architects used both traditional and modern forms to create homes of remarkable beauty for their rarefied environments, hopefully making better places for their owners and the general public,” writes the photographer. architecture Russell Abraham, who wrote the book’s introduction.
Regardless of style or scale, every home evokes the relaxed feeling that comes with living near the beach, and it’s something worth revisiting.