We’re all tiny and insignificant compared to the vastness and the extraordinary power of nature. Sometimes we tend to forget that but every once in a while someone comes along and reminds us of how majestic nature is by letting it unleash its beauty all around us. There are still a lot of regions untarnished by humans and perfect for placing a small cabin or holiday home.
PurePods – New Zealand
The best part about such structures is the fact that they offer extraordinary views of their surroundings. To allow the users to make the most of these views, architects use a variety of different strategies. One of them has to go with the use of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sliding doors. Some take this idea even further. The PurePods are small, off the grid holiday homes made entirely of glass and they capture the wonderful views of New Zealand.
Tiny starlight room.
The strategy used by the designers of this tiny cabin in northeastern Italy was to expose the roof and to allow those inside to admire the night sky in its full splendor. The cabin is situated at altitude of 2,055 meters (6742 feet) near Cortina in Italy. It’s called the Starlight Room and it offers amazing views of the Dolomite mountains. In addition to having a skylight roof, the cabin also features large windows that surround the sleeping area.
Concrete Refugi Lieptgas
Architects Selina Walder and Georg Nickisch designed something called Refugi Lieptgas. It’s a wooden hut located in Lieptgas, Switzerland, in the close proximity of the Films forest. It’s designed to serve as a shelter with beautiful views of the surroundings and a lot of character, being a symbol of the hut that used to stand in the same exact place. It’s very simple but also very sculptural and attractive. Its charm can best be admired from inside where there’s this rough concrete texture everywhere with details meant to complement the space with warmth and charm, such as the fireplace or the circular skylight.
Being able to spend some quiet time in a small house in the middle of nature, away from everything and everyone is definitely alluring. But this doesn’t give a strong enough push to make everyone want to build their own secluded cabins. For those that still want to enjoy all of that every once in a while, there are options such as the PODS designed by POD Design+Media. These can be booked during the winter season and they can be found in Films, Switzerland.
The architects at Piet Hein Eek were asked a while back to design and build a log shack in Hilversum, the Netherlands. The client wanted this to be a quiet and relaxing refuge where one could sit and write. The location was a piece of land at the edge of the woods. The architects were eager to do this project so they designed a lovely little house made of birch, with sliding windows that has custom frames and shutters that can completely close off the facade.
A lot of things can discourage someone from wanting to build a micro holiday home in the middle of nature. The budget is one of the concerns but then there’s also the fact that the structure would require a building permit. But what if that wasn’t the case? There’s this tiny house designed by Robin Falck that’s so small it doesn’t require a permit. It was built using locally-sourced materials and the cost were somewhere around $10,500. It’s really small but its interior is divided into two floors and there’s a raised deck that can be used most of the year.
Whenever you’re feeling like you need some alone time away from everything, remember this beautiful little house that becomes one with the landscape. It’s a little bit like a hobbit home except it’s not built inside a hill. The house is located in Norway and was designed by Snohetta. It may look tiny in the pictures but it’s actually big enough to hold 21 people in case you want to bring some friends along. It’s located in a secluded area that can only be reached by foot.
Movable Pre-Fab Mini House Prototype
Of course, there’s no need to go out of your way to make everything unaccessible and difficult to reach. A house can also be extraordinarily charming even if sits in your own backyard or in a small clearing in a forest. Imagine having this beautiful house designed by Kodasema. Because it’s a prefab house and it’s so small, you could move it and place it anywhere you want.
If you’re contemplating building a holiday home, consider the location carefully and take your time figuring out all the details. That’s what the owners of the B House definitely did. It took them 10 years to finally decide that they wanted to build a house here in Berrocal, Spain so they can admire the wonderful changes the seasons bring. The dominant color here is yellow. It defines everything from the spring flowers to the autumn harvest and the architects at ch+qs wanted the house itself to naturally blend into the landscape so they chose wood as the main material.
The criteria we use when selecting the location for a holiday home or a cabin differs from person to person and from region to region. The reasons are also very diverse. Take this cozy wooden cabin for example. Its owners chose this exact spot because that where they used to sit and watch the sunset. They already had a main house further up the hill and wanted this cabin to be a place from where they can enjoy and admire the surrounding landscape. The cabin was built by Taylor Smyth Architects on the edge of a lake in Ontario, Canada.
We absolutely love the way this cabin blossoms like a flower. It’s located on San Juan Island in Washington and it was built here by Olson Kundig Architects. The clients wanted it to serve as a cozy retreat ideal for writing. They wanted it to be a source of inspiration and to be inspired in turn by its surroundings with which it had to have a very close relationship. That’s partially why it was designed with three wooden decks that can be raised using a hydraulic system. They become the facade of the house, concealing its glass shell.
Being all alone in a small cabin in the middle of nature is a little bit scary. That’s usually where horror movies are placed. But there’s also a bright side to such a secluded location and it greatly outshines everything else. This modern cabin is situated in Denmark. It was built on the shore of a lake by VIPP architects and it has extraordinary views which can be admired through the full height picture windows. Moreover, there are large skylights that let the inhabitants admire the sky in its full splendor.
What you see here is one of four tiny dwellings named Maisons Sylvestres (forest homes). They’re the work of designer Matali Crasset who envisioned these as cozy sanctuaries for those who wish to connect with nature and to live in harmony with the surroundings. They’re a sort of individual hotel rooms that blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor and suggest a lifestyle different than the one we’re used with.
Some places are too dangerous or simply too small or difficult to work with when it comes to regular houses or cabins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them. Have a look at this thing called HemLoft. It’s a treehouse unlike any we’re seen before and this design was chosen in order to take advantage of the location and the view. It hangs on a really steep slope populated by trees and rocks. This was the project of Joel Allen who made sure to find the perfect tree for his egg-shaped tree house. He found in Whistler, Canada.
How fantastic would it be to live inside a boulder? That’s not something we usually think about but it is what Bureau A. had to contemplate when they designed this extraordinary mini house. They named this unusual shelter Antoine. It’s shaped like a rock casually perched on the side of a mountain and from a distance it doesn’t raise any questions. Get closer and you’ll start to notice that the form is actually a disguise for a cozy little home with tiny windows. The structure is actually a wooden cabin which was fitted with rods and covered in cement. It sits on a slope in the Swiss Alps, between La Chaux and Ruinettes.
The rustic way.
Do you remember those little houses in the woods described in fairy tales or fantasy novels? They definitely sounded dreamy and you could actually picture them, with their little windows and crooked roof and everything. So what if you could actually live in such a house or maybe have one as your holiday cabin? Dan Pauly is a Minnesota-based craftsman who actually builds such structures. All his saunas, sheds and outhouses have this signature roof and chimney that make them look like they came straight out of a fantasy novel.
Nature lovers can take some time off every once in a while to enjoy the wonderful environment and views of northern Sweden. They can stay at the Treehotel which is exactly what the name suggests: a hotel in a tree. It’s actually a variation of a modern treehouse. Several of these structures were built 4-6 meters above ground, all oriented towards the Lule river. The main idea behind the hotel was to have a minimal ecological footprint and to be sustainable and energy-efficient. This is a unique hotel which can be enjoyed all year round.
A lot of houses and cabins built in forests or in the middle of nature are designed to blend in and to become one with their surroundings but none does this better than the Mirrorcube which is one of the rooms of the Treehotel we just mentioned. That’s because, as the name suggests, this cube-shaped house has a mirrored exterior which reflects everything around it. As wonderful as this may seem for the inhabitants, there was, however, a problem: all the birds that would fly into the house. To solve this issue the designers used infrared film on all the walls which is visible to birds but invisible to humans.
Another one of the amazing modules of the Treehotel is the UFO, a room built out of durable composite material which allows it to be lightweight but also strong and sustainable. It can accommodate up to four people, two adults and two children. The interior is organized into separate bedrooms, a common bathroom and a living area, reaching a total of 30 square meters.
Measuring only 17 square meters, the Bird’s Nest can comfortably accommodate a family with two kids. Its design is unique and, as the name suggests, it looks like a giant bird’s nest, featuring an exterior clad with wood panels and covered with tree branches. A retractable staircase offers access to the treehouse.
And in case you prefer the good old house shape, there’s also a treeroom named simply The Cabin. It’s perched high up on a steel hillside that overlooks the river and it can be reached via a horizontal bridge among the trees. It measures 24 square meters and it’s designed to accommodate two people. It has a bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom and a terrace.