For this year's Directory, Wallpaper* selected twenty studios from around the world. Each was given an open brief to design the ultimate rural retreat. These twenty houses were designed to be flexible and functional, but also formally and technically innovative, sitting on an isolated countryside site. The only sanction was the need for the homes to touch the ground lightly, with minimum disruption to the landscape.
Selected highlights of the Wallpaper* Architects Directory and the full list of 20 practices are published and revealed in the magazine's July 2011 issue.