If you're somehow not sick of winter yet, then you're sick of hearing other people complain about it. And there's at least another month of this crap in our future. So sit back, relax, and let Jesus Diaz take you on a calming ride through the world's best beach houses.
The weather is miserable through the entire Western Hemisphere—a constant avalanche of steel grey, with cold snow and rain piling up in a soup of frozen sludge that is taking everyone down. It's time to daydream in the face of this winter torment. Here are the perfect homes for your fantasy summer paradise.
1. Universe House, Mexico
Created by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and architect Tatiana Bilbao, Universe's design is based in the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, which was built in Jaipur, in 1724. Orozco—who visited the observatory in 1996—wanted a house that captured the concept of the Indian building. Bilbao's office drafted the detailed plans after his sketches, and a team built the house in the traditional way, which included the help of a donkey called Panchito, who ferried some of the materials and stones into this wild spot in the Sea of Cortez.