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Texel Holiday Home

On the smallest Dutch island of Texel, there are equal populations of sheep and humans, and found scattered throughout the rolling grassy hills are isolated gabled roof structures that would typically contain supplies, tools, and hay. This exceptional holiday home, from Benthem Crouwel Architects, is meant to mimic the contextual and conceptual aesthetic of those traditional sheds while providing the inhabitants with a cozy modern retreat unlike anything we’ve seen. Continue reading

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Getaway Tiny Houses

The Getaway Tiny Houses offers their guests a breath of fresh air – literally. With just a click of a keyboard button or a tap on your mobile device, you will soon be sitting in your own wooded getaway cabin set outside the city noise and workplace clutter. Oh, and did I mention the exact location of the cabins is a secret? Continue reading

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Linear Cabin

The appropriately named Linear Cabin is a formally pure architectural interruption in an otherwise tree-populated site in the heart of Wisconsin. And I mean that in the best possible way. Johnsen Schmaling Architects have dropped this beautifully designed residential object on the land with purpose and conceptual intent. It’s simplicity lends itself to both economy of space and economy of budget. Standing at just 900 square feet, this modern cabin is just the kind of statement residential design often lacks. Continue reading

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FAHouse

The FA House is a contemporary evolution of the traditional A-frame cabin vernacular – a stunning example of sensitivity to materiality and connectivity to landscape and place. Architect Jean Verville started with a stunning tree-blanketed site and a pure geometric expression. From there he pushed, prodded, plucked and pruned that formal simplicity into something that suspends disbelief and cements itself as a welcome addition to an already incredible place. Continue reading

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Villa Boreale

A steep gabled roof emerges from behind a snowy hill and blends in with the tightly clumped furry green pine trees surrounding it. The Villa Boreale is slowly revealed: a modern scandinavian-inspired cabin designed by Cargo Architecture for a young couple looking to nest in the frigid wilderness of Charlevoix, Quebec. Banks of snow nestle up to the foundation and engulf the place where structure starts and ground begins, marking the start of a wondrous piece of architecture that is perfectly crafted for the tiny plot of land it inhabits. Continue reading

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Southern Highlands House

Sometimes architecture takes on forms unearthed from the unexpected, venturing into uncharted territory to present something truly unique and special. The Southern Highlands House by Benn + Penna Architecture should be viewed first as one of these instances, and second as a carefully crafted architectural object that does almost everything right. Convention was dropped off at mile post one as the designers looked to the land, to the past, and to the future to come up with something extraordinary. Continue reading

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Laurentian Ski Chalet

The ski cabin is a well known and cherished architectural archetype. The steeply pitched roof. The high foundation. The dark wood and sweeping views and living room fireplace surrounded by natural stone stained with ash. The Laurentian Ski Chalet by Robitaille Curtis Architects is one of these cabins. It embraces the traditional design footing of the ski lodge while exploring formal and material ideas that result in shattering the mold we’ve all become so familiar with. Trust me, it’s a good thing. Continue reading

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Jero Shelter

A yurt is a portable, round tent traditionally covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in Central Asia. German designer Uula Jero, intrigued by the circular shape of the yurt, decided to create a modern yurt and the Jero Shelter is the result. Unlike traditional yurts which are very heavy and weigh around 500 kg / 1,102 lb (many of which have a wooden structure), the Jero Yurt weighs only 110 kg (242 lb), and can fit into a car or even be towed by bike. The most appealing element of the Jero Yort is its traditional shape. Its circular design defines an ancient way of living and the layout of the interior has a distinct and historic charm. Continue reading

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The NEST

Nestled on the banks of Lake Superior sits a small off-the-grid shelter thought up by a father-son duo hell-bent on building a cabin to not only hold their stuff, but their dreams as well. While the exterior aesthetic would suggest exotic materials, radical construction techniques and extravagant detailing, the opposite holds true. Revelation Architects made inventive use of common materials and methods to create something truly unique. Continue reading

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Chalet Forestier

Living small is quickly becoming a big deal around the globe, and this second family home, which acts as a forest chalet getaway, is no exception. This Atelier Barda design has been beautifully constructed in Frelighsburg QC, Canada, and is likely going to be the template for many more demands made for this style of dwelling. Continue reading