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When you live in a constantly connected (but
spiritually disconnected) urban environment, it’s natural to dream about
escaping to some wilderness shack and never coming back. 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
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
Bivacco Luca Vuerich, by Giovanni Pesamosca Architetto in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
This tiny, stoic A-frame cabin perches atop a rugged landscape in the
Julian Alps, 8,303 feet above sea level. It’s situated along a summit
trail, so hikers and climbers can catch up on rest in the hideout, which
sleeps up to nine guests.
Sledge-Project, by Rob Sweere, Qaasuitsup, Greenland
These futuristic mobile dwellings on sleds were built for an
organization that helps rehabilitate troubled children by pairing them
with local hunters, who teach them the ways of the wild. They can be
towed with dogs or snowmobiles over sea or ice, and each sleeps up to
The Pump House, by Branch Studio Architects, Victoria, Australia
This re-locatable lakeside cabin perches on stilts. Floor-to-ceiling windows let sunlight pour through.
Fire Shelter, by Simon Hjermind Jensen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark
Inspired by the architecture of nomadic people, this egg-like plywood
hut has a simple circular bench around a central fireplace. Open to the
public, and meant to stand only for a year, the Fire Shelter is
ventilated by a hole in the top and two towards the bottom.
Steve’s Thailand Dome Home, by Steve Areen, in Isan, Thailand
This Dr. Seussian orange refuge sits amid a large organic mango farm.
Completed by a small community of builders in just six weeks for under
$6,000, the dome-shaped hut includes a handmade staircase that winds up
to a rooftop patio shaded by a shaggy palapa.
Vega Cottage, by Kolman Boye Architects, in Trondelag, Norway
Close to the polar circle, this simple house borrows the
gunmetal-gray color scheme of the surrounding bedrock in its harsh
northern landscape, and its roof reflects the silver-white of the
perpetually overcast sky. Large windows offer vistas of the ocean and
Cocoon, by AA Design & Make, South West England, U.K.
This cocoon, made of cedar strips in a whimsical monocoque structure,
weaves through the trees of a forest park. Visitors can curl up inside
its undulating form.
Kekkila Garden Shed, by Avanto Architects, Uusimaa, Finland
This garden shed-greenhouse hybrid lets you feel about as close to nature as possible while still technically being inside.
Le Tronc Creux by Bruit du frigo, Bordeaux, France
This cylindrical nature hut, resembling a giant log, can sleep up to nine people.
Tree Snake House by Rebelo de Andrade, Pedras Salgadas Park, Portugal
The long, skinny bodies of snakes gliding between trees inspired
these designs, in a Portuguese resort park, which can sleep one to two
Lake Cottage by UUfie, Ontario, Canada
This cottage in an Ontario forest has a mirrored entrance that lets it blend magically into the surrounding wilderness.
Studio for a Composer by Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Wisconsin, United States
A country western musician uses this retreat, made of exposed concrete and 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.
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market next year is a certified billionaire’s playground guaranteed to
have the world’s wealthiest home buyers picking their jaws up off the
The lavish Monaco apartment is going for a staggering $318 million
and has breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and its very own
water slide that spills into a rooftop infinity pool, the Daily Mail
The posh pad is located in Tour Odeon, a 560 ft tower, that will be
the coastline’s second tallest skyscraper when construction is completed
Ritzy residents are guaranteed to live in
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Tour Odeon will have 70 apartments and duplexes that will be fit for even the highest maintenance divas.
“These duplexes and the penthouse are set to catch the eye of those
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markets,” said James Price from Knight Frank, the real estate company
hired to sell the apartments.
Despite the excitement coming from the
world’s rich and famous, locals in the neighboring town of Beausoleil
view the swanky skyscraper as an eye sore, adding that the behemoth has
ruined their spectacular views.