Living in the forest has a wide number of benefits. You get the freshest air possible, you’re surrounded by natural beauty, and you get to escape the hustle and bustle of city or even suburban living. Living in the forest doesn’t necessarily mean you have to live in a rickety old cabin, though. To prove it, here are 18 examples of modern houses that are right at home in the forest.
1. This home tucked into the forest is surrounded by trees on all sides, creating a beautiful scene no matter the season.
sagemodern designed this Californian house.
2. Tall skinny trees surround this contemporary forest home in North Carolina.
Architect Michael Rantilla, a Senior Associate with the Freelon Group, designed this forest house for himself in North Carolina.
3. This family house might be surrounded by the hillside forest but it also has beautiful views of the city below.
Nicolas Loi + Arquitectos Asociados designed this modern home overlooking Santiago. Photography by Marcos Mendizabal.
4. Large trees surround this home with a green roof located deep within the forest.
Johnsen Schmaling Architects designed this home in a forest in Wisconsin.
5. Light colored wood covers the exterior of this house surrounded by forest, helping it fit right in among the rest of the wood in the forest.
Thellend Fortin Architects designed this wood clad house. Photography by Olivier Samson Arcand.
6. This concrete house contrasts the natural elements of the forest that surround it.
BAK Architects designed this concrete house. Photography by Gustavo Sosa Pinilla and Daniela Mac Adden.
7. Wood shingles and wood paneling help this house fit right in with the forest surrounding it, while large windows provide views of the ever changing landscape.
Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architects designed this cedar shingled house in Quebec. Photography by Adrien Williams.
8. This black cabin is a summer home surrounded by a Hemlock forest in eastern Canada.
Jean Verville designed this contemporary cabin. Photography by Maxime Brouillet.
9. The design of this house lets the home owners enjoy the views of the surrounding forest and river.
Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architects designed this house in the forest in Quebec. Photography by Adrien Williams.
10. This house was part of a development designed to work with the environment instead of against it and to compliment the surrounding forest vegetation.
Weber Arquitectos designed this wood and stone home. Photography by Rafael Gamo.
11. Natural light streams through the windows of this large cabin surrounded by woodland.
Hammer Architects designed this home in the forest.
12. Rather than cut down the trees to make room for the house, the trees in this forest became part of the house design.
Travis Price Architects designed this forest home in West Virginia . Photography by Ken Wyner.
13. This secluded house makes the most of the surrounding forest and captures the views of the nearby bay.
GRADE designed this contemporary home for an artist in Virginia.
14. The trees of the forest around this house help filter the natural light that streams into the home.
Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc. designed this cliff top home. Photography by Doublespace Photography.
15. The contrast between the black brick and wood panels on this forest home make it stand out in the lush forest around it.
Setless Architecture designed this dark brick home. Photography by Sandy Rush Photography.
16. Tucked into the greenery of the forest, the homes was designed as a quiet retreat.
Bruns Architecture designed this forest house in Wisconsin.
17. This house high in the Brazilian mountains is surrounded by lush rainforest to provide the healthiest air possible.
studio mk27 designed this secluded Brazilian forest house. Photography by Fernando Guerra.
18. This forest house is lifted right up into the trees to provide better views of the surrounding vegetation.