Ever feel the need to escape the world and spend time alone in a cozy cabin in a peaceful location? A metal tube in Russia and a house on stilts in a Brazilian forest are two of the ten best cabins we’ve found on Dezeen so far in 2021 that we’ve selected for the second roundup of our review of the year.
Spanish town of Tini by Delavegacanolasso
You can order this little prefabricated cabin online and have it delivered to you on the back of a truck. It was created by the Spanish design firm Delavegacanolasso.
It can be ordered either off-the-shelf and prepared for use as an office or it can be customized and connected to other units to create a house.
Niliaitta, Finland, by Studio Puisto
This dramatic, black-painted cabin is concealed within Finnish woodland close to Salamajärvi National Park, elevated on a single column to reduce its footprint. Although this version has most of the conveniences of a contemporary hotel room, its designer, Studio Puisto, modeled the structure on the raised wooden houses used by the Sam people to properly store food outdoors known as Niliaitta.
Holly Water Cabin, by Out of the Valley, in England
The Devon rural getaway known as Holly Water Cabin was designed by the architecture firm Out of the Valley.
The cabin is made of several different types of wood and has a pitched roof and sliding doors that open into a covered porch. It is designed to completely envelop visitors in nature.
Croxatto and Opazo Architects’ La Tagua and La Loica in Chile
La Tagua and La Loica in Navidad are situated 80 meters above the Pacific Ocean on a steep hillside. They resemble two lookout stations.
The cabins were covered in reclaimed oak that Croxatto and Opazo Architects coated with petroleum lubricants to prevent corrosion from the salty air in an effort to fit them in with their coastal surroundings.
Netherlands, Indigo, by Woonpioniers
London studio This cottage was built by Woonpioniers using pre-fabricated laminated wood, with a focus on minimizing the carbon footprint of the entire construction.
Large windows dominate the front of the home, and the wooden inside walls slope upward to the peak of the roof.
Sergey Kuznetsov’s Russian Quintessential, Russia
Sergey Kuznetsov, the principal architect of Moscow, created this amazing tubular house, which is perched precariously on the edge of a slope in Russia’s Nikola-Lenivets Art Park.
He explained to Dezeen that the goal was to produce something with a magical quality. It is only held together by six bolts despite being 12 meters long and weighs roughly twice as much as an adult elephant.
By Santiago Pradilla, Casa Tejida, Colombia
The term Casa Tejida, which translates to “woven house,” comes from the exterior of woven wood screens that run along the side of the cabin and filter light and air.
The residence was created by architect Santiago Pradilla and the architectural team Zuloark as a model for more environmentally friendly, regional building techniques.
Sleth’s The Author’s House in Denmark
This copper-clad cabin is tucked away in a lakeside forest and was constructed for a writer as a full-time workspace.
Sren Leth, a founding member of Sleth, which designed the house, said, “The location is so rich and lovely that we wanted to truly capture the essence of it, to attempt to make a seamless transition between the inside and outdoors.”
China’s The Seeds by ZJJZ Atelier
The Seeds, a collection of vacation cottages built by ZJJZ Atelier for a woods hotel in China’s Jiangxi Province, are clad in mirrored aluminum tiles and oak shingles.
Each stilt-raised pod has a front terrace, a bedroom, a bathroom, storage space, and an attic sitting area.
Brazil’s Monkey House, by Marko Brajovic
Last but not least, during the coronavirus pandemic, Marko Brajovic’s Monkey House was constructed as a secluded haven.
It is supported by a network of thin stilts that Brajovic created after seeing how the Juçara palm tree, which is a native of the jungle, uses its roots to anchor its thin stem to the ground.