There’s something uniquely comforting and charming about spending time in a small cabin when it’s freezing cold outside. Winter cabins make us feel warm and cozy plus they’re almost always situated in remote regions with gorgeous views which provides the perfect environment in which to recharge our batteries, to relax and to enjoy quality time with our loved ones (or alone) before returning to our busy everyday lives. We searched far and wide and we selected our favorite winter cabins from around the world to share with you today.
Given the fact that winter cabins are often situated in remote areas or only used for shorts periods of time throughout the year, the issue of security can be a valid concern. When building the Delta Shelter, studio Olson Kundig found a great way to deal with this problem. The cabin was build on stilts and has metal shutters which allow it to become completely sealed and secured when the owner is away. In addition to that, it has a modern and cool design with lots of appealing features. The cabin is located in Mazama, US.
Due to strict architectural guidelines in this beautiful Alpine valley in Manigold, France, Studio Razavi Architecture didn’t really have a lot of freedom when designing this winter cabin. Still, the team managed to make the most of the circumstances, opting for a traditional style overall and allowing the cabin to seamlessly blend in with the other local structures while maintaining its own unique character.
If there’s one thing mountain cabins are famous for, that would be the views. A lot of modern cabins feature large windows which maximize these views but other less conventional design strategies are sometimes used as well. This holiday retreat near Geilo, a village in Norway is a perfect example. The region is known for its ski resorts and there’s actually an open terrain unfolding right next to this cabin so the team at Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter came up with a design which separates the building into several volumes, each with a distinct orientation.
Rather than standing out, this lovely winter cabin from Lillehammer, Norway manages to blend into the landscape and to keep a low profile all while taking full advantage of its surroundings and the beautiful views they provide. The structure is designed by studio Vardehaugen and is inspired by snowbound cabins. The design blurs the boundaries between architecture and nature, bringing the inhabitants closer to their surroundings and allowing them to feel like an actual part of the mountain.
Situated in a quiet residential area north of Whistler in Canada, this A-frame cabin is surrounded by other chalets and retreats featuring similar designs, most of them dating back to the 1970s. This particular winter cabin was designed by Scott & Scott Architects and has a modern vibe inside and out and that allows it to stand out and to showcase its distinct character without actually contrasting too much with its surroundings.
The winter cabin designed by studio Delordinaire has a very special way of making its inhabitants feel immersed in nature. The cabin was built on stilts and the elevated structure actually forms an open and protected outdoor space which is a very unusual ground floor area. Out here, below the actual cabin, there’s an outdoor stove and a space which allows one to enjoy the snowy views and to spend time outside while being protected from the elements. The cabin is located in Quebec, Canada.
This is actually an all-year cabin, a charming and peaceful retreat located near Ål village in Norway. Residents can enjoy hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter on the nearby tracks. The cabin was designed by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter who were careful to take advantage of the site’s unique topography and views.
As with any other type of structure, the location is very important for a winter cabin and just in relation to the views but also to the topography and any other advantages the site may offer. The mountain retreat designed by Filter Arkitekter in Sirdal, Norway sits on a very steep terrain and the architects used that in their favor to embed the building into the landscape in a literal sense. It’s a great way to merge nature and architecture.
Can you believe this A-frame cabin was actually built in the ’60s? It has such a chic and timeless vibe and recently it’s been remodeled and converted into a cozy winter retreat. It was a project completed by designers Chad and Courtney Ludeman of Postgreen Homes. The cabin is located in New Jersey, along Maurice River. It has large openings which let in natural light and inside it’s organized into a double-height atrium, a loft bedroom and a basement area.
Sleeping in a cabin is definitely a nice experience but sleeping in a cabin that’s up in the trees is even better. A while ago the Treehotel in northern Sweden just got a new addition designed by Snøhetta. The hotel is actually a collection of six treehouse-inspired cabins, all providing magnificent views and perfect observation points for admiring the Northern Lights. This cabin sits 10 meters above the forest floor, supported by 12 columns.
Cabana Sapte is a cozy cabin situated in the Fagaras Mountain, in Romania. It’s been completely remodeled in 2017 and can sleep up to 12 people in five bedrooms. The glazed side allows panoramic views and an abundance of natural light to enter the cabin while the wooden floors and pitched roof create a warm and cozy ambiance inside.
The minimalist design and the selected palette of materials and finishes all lead to one objective: to create a cabin which is able to blend into the landscape and to communicate with nature and its immediate surrounds in a seamless and natural manner. This become possible thanks to studio CARGO Architecture. The cabin is located in the Petite-Rivière-Saint-François region of Canada.
This cabin is quite different than everything else we showed you so far. Its modern appearance makes it more suitable to call this a hut rather than a cabin. Located in Flims, Switzerland, this site used to be occupied by an old cabin and stable combo, which were taken down after being abandoned for a period of time. A new cabin was built in the same place as the old one. Its design and character preserve and charm of the original structures, featuring a timber log structure and massive concrete walls. This was a project by Selina Walder and Georg Nickisch.
Inspired by the freedom and adventure which define snowboarding as an experience in itself, this winter cabin is located in a remote region on the northern end of Vancouver Island in Canada. It was designed by studio Scott & Scott Architects and manages to almost seamlessly blend into the surroundings thanks to the grey exterior and wooden accents.
The last winter cabin that caught our eye lately was designed by Alp’Architecture Sàrl and is located in Bagnes, Switzerland. Originally this used to be a small barn which was extended into a residence by annexing a series of new volumes at the back of the building. It was all done with minimal impact on the overall appearance and structure of the cabin or its facades.