Wouldn’t it be nice to get away? Whether tucked in a forest, perched on a hill, or beside a lake, these cabins are sure to inspire you to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Fast.
This sleek and modern cabin is essentially a series of three stacked 20 x 20 steel boxes on stilts, forming one home. The isolated cabin sits near a river and is designed with four walls of windows that can be completely shuttered when the owners are away.
At the base of the Tucson Mountains, this very cool home sits surrounded by the vegetation of the dry Arizona desert. Called a "desert nomad house," the building is made of rusted steel boxes and has a maple interior.
This cabin, in the middle of the Oregon forest, is all about blending in with its surroundings. The interior is nearly as camouflaged, with oversized beams, staircases, and railings made of natural timber, and large windows that cater to picturesque forest views.
This sleek cabin with minimalist design sits perched on a snowy mountainside in Laternser Valley, Austria. The interior is fitted with wood floors and concrete walls.
A modern cabin on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe shows that a little respite isn't too hard—or too far—to find. Remarkable for design alone, the structure is a glass cabin fully encased in cedar slats and features a planted green roof for camouflage from other cottages.
Life by the lake
A lakeside retreat in Victoria, Australia, gets the "no frills" aesthetic just right. A simple black box of iron, timber, and plywood doesn't take anything away from the natural, lush surroundings.
This cool cabin has an open, simple theme with a large window designed to focus on the main attraction: the view. A corner fireplace with exposed wood beams and cozy rugs really make the space.
Just looking at a photo of this nautical cabin on the beach will have you feeling sand between your toes. This white shack in the Netherlands, complete with a hammock out front, reminds us of simpler summer days.
Who would have guessed that your dream getaway could take place in a renovated shipping container? Situated next to mountains and a lake in Sri Lanka, this cabin has sweeping views from the large upper deck space, which seems perfect for lounging any time of day.
An art studio in Sweden begs you to unwind and unplug; with a wall of books and a wall of windows, what else could you need? Massive skylights offer tons of natural light in what would otherwise be a small space with a simple plywood interior.
Fit for a Viking
It doesn't get much more isolated than an ancient Viking village. Those green Icelandic pastures with rambling views practically beg you to run free, wind whipping through your hair, with not a care in the world.
Off the grid
A garage door window opens to reveal the lush hills of West Virginia and reminds you to unplug for a while. The cabin is only accessible by off-road vehicle, so you may have no other choice.
A young architect built this reclaimed wood cabin in Topanga Canyon, California, after visiting and falling in love with the area. After discovering there were no cabins left to rent, he gathered reclaimed wood and leftover materials from surrounding cabins to create this minimalist cubic surfer cabin, complete with big wooden deck.