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Cabins from Around the World for the Modern Hermit

It’s a normal part of the human condition to want to get away from it all. As these cabins from around the world prove, that longing is a universal need. But just as home design has evolved over time, so has that of cabins. While log versions of the buildings are still built, there’s plenty of modern—and even future-thinking design happening too.

Cabins by Philip Jodidio

This incredible cabin was featured in the new Taschen book, “Cabins” by Philip Jodidio, and it’s easy to see why. Originally a boathouse that held boats and fishing gear, the structure dates back to the 18th century. It was reinterpreted by TYIN tegnestue Architects to be a cozy, modern getaway.

This architecture works perfectly in its environment

Getaway in Blairgowrie, Australia

This cabin in Blairgowrie, Australia is by Maddison Architects, and according to their notes on the space, “Its supporting pre-fabricated skeletal frame appears influenced by the prevailing wind forces that shape the surrounding Moonah trees. The roof directly reflects the internal volume, and the skeletal frame is fully exposed inside and out to convey a structural and architectural honesty.”

This cabin is hidden away in an otherwise suburban area

Stunning Retreat in Sri Lanka

According to the architect, Nerein Perera, this Sri Lankan cabin was built with the local environment in mind. “The materials used are limited to steel, timber and bamboo tats attempting to keep the lines thin as possible…keeping intervention on site minimal, letting the natural ground, the vegetation, the run‐off of water to flow uninhibited.”

An open plan space allows the air to flow through

Washington State Cabin

The large roof overhangs the decks and also protects the large glass walls from winter weather and sun during the warmer months. Bedrooms and bathrooms are recessed into the back of this Washington State cabin (by Balance Architects) for coziness and privacy.

Mountain views and a rushing stream compliment the clean design

Cabanas Norio, Portugal

The Cabanas Norio in Portugal are complimentary buildings—one is a bedroom and bath, the other serves as a living room and kitchen. Architect Manuel Aires Mateus redesigned two old fisherman’s huts and added a pontoon over the water to create this getaway, which can be rented out by the night.

A pair of over-water cabins for relaxing and watching the tide come in

Dutch Hiker’s Cabins

These hiker’s cabins in The Netherlands are made from sustainable and reused materials and were designed by Kristel Hermans Architectuur for Trek-In. All 9 are situated in hiker’s areas, feature comfortable overnight accommodations for all ages, and include bathrooms and kitchens for cooking.

Each cabin is made from materials left over from other construction

Modern Modular Design

This modular German cabin by allergutendinge can be disassembled and reassembled, so it can be transported from one location to another. There’s a dining area on the first floor, and a sleeping loft in the middle. The top opens to the sky.

The second floor opens to the sky

Breezy Nanahum Cabin

Nanahum cabin by Balance Architects overlooks a stunning canyon, and was sited to take full advantage of the locale. Plenty of glass and sliding doors to the patio join indoors and out so that the environment is part of the experience of staying here.

Indoor-outdoor living at this modern cabin

Trio of Delightful Retreats

Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed this trio of cabins for a family in Germany, and a central patio binds them all together. Sleeping lofts are upstairs and spacious, but private living areas below offer spaces for small groups to hang out.

Three cabins can serve up a group of people but still provide individual space

Which of today’s featured cabins (or group of cabins) is your favorite? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…

Starre Vartan

Starre Vartan is a design, travel, and environment writer, editor, and author who had a free-range childhood in New York’s Hudson Valley and the beach ‘burbs of Sydney, Australia. She feels most at home outdoors, and has lived off-grid on Hawaii’s Big Island; mountain biked in Trinidad; hiked the Continental Divide, and rappelled down an A[...]

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