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.
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.
Canadian studio Chevalier Morales Architectes reinterpreted the familiar Swiss chalet to design Residence Roy-Lawrence a top-heavy cantilevered timber house. The structure melds perfectly with the mountainous terrain of eastern Quebec.
Spread across the various levels of the house interact with one another to create a flowing interior that is both aesthetic and ergonomic. A large living area makes up the heart of the home and is connected with the balcony outside through sliding glass doors.
This is precisely the approach that Corben Architects took as they revamped an old and abandoned warehouse in into a stylish modern home for a family of five. While much of the external façade of the warehouse and its roof trusses were left untouched due to the heritage issues the interior was completely altered using a spacious central courtyard that enhances the family home both functionally and aesthetically.
The much applauded and somewhat enigmatic Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre was designed by Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects. The centre’s sloping grass roof cleverly affords sweeping views of Ireland’s craggy north Antrim coastline. Blending with the surrounding topography the roof allows visitors to walk over the building and includes window panels that expose glimpses of the exhibition space below.
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.”