Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs, a new book from Gestalten, lets you indulge that fantasy without having to go all Grizzly Man. It presents some of the world’s most stunning cabins, shelters, hideouts, and sanctuaries that answer to the longing for retreat in nature.
Similar to the way 19th-century Romantics reacted to the Industrial
Revolution with a more emotional, worshipful approach to the natural
world, contemporary architects are building structures that incorporate
the wilderness into their designs, inviting it in rather than shutting
it out. “Direct connections to water, earth, air, and even fire enhance
the power and sense of discovery present within the rural refuge,”
writes Sofia Borges in Hide and Seek‘s introduction. Among
these are a mirrored lake cottage that reflects the surrounding forest
on its facade and the nook-like Cocoon shelter, made of strips of cedar,
which snakes around a series of tree trunks. Here, 12 of the most
jaw-dropping contemporary hideaways in the world’s many middles of
This garden shed-greenhouse hybrid lets you feel about as close to nature as possible while still technically being inside.
steel, glass, and wood, as a studio for writing and recording his music.
Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs is available from Gestalten for $60 here.
Via Informant Daily