Top 10 cabins designed to be the best weekend getaways

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Cabins have been a relaxing and go-to getaway option for everyone for ages. They are the ultimate haven in the middle of nature, if you just want to get away from your hectic city life and relax. If you want a simple, minimal vacation that allows you to truly connect with nature, without any of the materialistic luxuries that most of us have grown accustomed to, then a cabin retreat is the answer for you! And, we have arranged beautiful, super comfortable cabins that will be the perfect travel destination for you. From an energy-efficient prefab cabin that promises to be your green dream home to a restored little cabin with mid-century charm and modern amenities – these mesmerizing and surreal cabins are the ultimate retreat you’ve been looking for!

1. Atri

Designed by a company called Naturvillan, Atri is a newly built A-frame villa located on the shores of Lake Vänern. The autonomous, climate-smart home is like a sustainable greenhouse in the middle of the mountains! It offers breathtaking views of the lake, as well as the surrounding majestic trees and natural terrain with rock slabs.

Why is this remarkable?

It is A-shaped with a stable base directly on the mountain and has a continuous axis so you can see through the whole house in one view. When you look up, the house blends in with the trees and blends into the natural landscape.

What we like

  • Autonomous and sustainable
  • Climate-smart

What we don’t like

2. CABN.CO

CABN.CO is on a mission to build energy-efficient and smart homes that can be placed in unique and diverse locations all over the world. These versatile cabins can accommodate you almost anywhere in the world, whether in town or on a remote island in the Bahamas! These cabins focus heavily on sun protection and roof overhangs

Why is this remarkable?

Homes are designed to be prefab, net zero, solar powered and biophilic. CABN is considered a net positive energy building when applying thermal bridge-free components, airtight construction, electrical systems with heat exchange ventilation, and on-site renewable energy. generation in building elements. CABN.CO has also integrated the house with a biophilic design, which is further accentuated by the presence of cross-laminated timber.

What we like

  • Sustainable + biophilic design
  • Prefabricated structure

What we don’t like

3. Rock huts

Nestled in the heart of Csóromfölde, Hungary has six stunning polygonal cabins called “Rock Cabins”. Designed and built by architectural firm Hello Wood in conjunction with TreeHouses, the brains and brawn behind the immensely popular Noszvaj Treehouses, Treehouses have an almost mystical and mysterious appeal!

Why is this remarkable?

Interestingly, the cabins are inspired by the shape of the rocks. The intention behind these raw, real cabins was to create something that would seamlessly blend with nature, functioning as a natural extension of it. The cabin’s rocky aesthetic helps it blend effortlessly into the natural landscape that surrounds it.

What we like

  • Creates employment opportunities for the local population
  • Stimulates the local economy

What we don’t like

4. Cabin at Longbranch

Located on Puget Sound, among massive fir trees in an old-growth forest, is a cabin that Jim Olson has been working on since he was eighteen. What originally started as a 14 square foot dorm for Olson’s family in Longbranch, has now turned into a beautiful cabin that makes it the ultimate weekend getaway.

Why is this remarkable?

The cabin features a subtle wooden exterior, allowing it to blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings. It really feels like one with the forest. In fact, three mature fir trees have been allowed to grow through the openings in the bridge, and one even sticks out through an opening in the roof!

What we like

  • All materials used to build the house have been carefully selected to further promote natural connection
  • A beautiful skylight above the bed, allowing you to fall asleep while watching the stars

What we don’t like

5.MiniMod

Nestled in the redwood forest of the popular and beautiful Sea Ranch community along the Sonoma, California coast, sits a 684-square-foot weekend cabin originally designed by the famed area architect of Joseph Esherick Bay. Called MiniMod, this cabin was lovingly restored and refurbished by Framestudio after being purchased by its creative director Chad DeWitt and her husband James Cook.

Why is this remarkable?

The cabin was originally built to show how a comfortable and affordable home could be built while following Sea Ranch building guidelines. The mid-century modern cabin has a stunning wooden exterior that allows it to blend effortlessly into the surrounding natural surroundings. The interiors feature three spacious levels which are connected by open wooden stairs which allow light to flow generously through the levels.

What we like

  • When restoring the home, the designers carefully retained the cabin’s history and heritage, while still managing to make a few modern upgrades.

What we don’t like

6. Immersion

Located in the alpine village of Usseaux, in the Italian region of Piedmont, is the beautiful little glamping hut ‘Immerso’. Designed by Italian architects Fabio Vignolo and Francesca Turnaturi, this fascinating cabin allows guests to leave behind the hectic city life, disconnect and relax in the calm of nature.

Why is this remarkable?

The prefabricated shelter is easily movable and only takes two hours to set up! Made up of birch plywood and plexiglass, the 65-square-foot modular cabin was designed with the goal of being “easy to assemble and flat-packed.” It can be built on site without the use of electrical equipment or extensive technical knowledge.

What we like

  • Super easy to assemble
  • Eco-friendly wood construction

What we don’t like

7. The Slope House

3D Viewer Milad Eshtiyaghi’s Slope House is a non-traditional A-frame cabin that uses biophilic design inside and out. 3D visualizer and international architect Milad Eshtiyaghi has long been drawn to escape hideaways perched on rugged seaside cliffs and secluded cabins envisioned beneath the Northern Lights. Today, he turns his gaze to tiny cabins. A bit more scenic than treacherous, Eshtiyaghi’s latest 3D visualization finds an angular wooden cabin nestled atop an idyllic hill somewhere in the rainforests of Brazil.

Why is this remarkable?

Dubbed the Slope House, the log cabin retains a characteristic triangular frame that is a thoughtful variation of the conventional A-frame cabin. Defined by two modules, one internal volume accommodates the cabin bedroom while the other retains the main living areas of the house, such as the dining room, kitchen and den. Eshtiyaghi’s tiny cabin is envisioned supported on a truss system that was specifically chosen to minimize the house’s impact on the pre-existing landscape.

What we like

  • A biophilic design style has been integrated into the interior cabin spaces
  • Natural plants have been added inside the house like a small garden

What we don’t like

  • The theme and shape of the house may be a little too quirky for some

8. Cabin Zero

Two sisters in Chile asked the ZeroCabin team to help them create their dream retreat in a Lake District forest. The cabin faces the sea to the east, then to the west you can see a 70 meter high hill so you have a perfect view in both directions.

Why is this remarkable?

They designed the north facade to have open windows and enlarged the east facade to allow more sunlight to light the house obliquely. And since the area has extreme humidity during the winter, they raised the cabin 1.5 meters above the ground. The 1,184 square foot cabin features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and living room on the ground floor and a loft on the third floor.

What we like

  • This ZeroCabin Krul uses wood as a frame for the entire structure but with structural panels insulated with spray cardboard
  • The cabin is built to be green and therefore uses a two kilowatt solar system for its electrical needs and a five-cycle system that collects rainwater for its water needs.

What we don’t like

9.Buster

Buster is located in Matamata, just a few hours from Auckland, New Zealand. You will be able to hear the sound of spring river water flowing around you as you are surrounded by trees, stones, valleys and basically the joys of nature. It is located below the Kaimai Range “among ancient native bushes and farmland”. It is a perfect small house for a person or a couple who wants to live temporarily or even permanently in such an area and have something that is built sustainably and with the environment and your comfort in mind.

Why is this remarkable?

Instead of being made from wood, it uses black corrugated cardboard because it will last longer and can survive all types of weather the region experiences. They have also used plywood to bring ‘a warm feeling’ to the house and this is actually what is also used in the traditional kiwi huts giving you even more of a local feel but with modern conveniences. It’s a pretty good combination, having more natural housing but using sustainable technology and appliances to give you comfort and functionality.

What we like

  • Buster is powered by GridFree solar panels
  • The house is oriented to the north in order to be able to maximize the light during the summer and even during the winter

What we don’t like

  • Solar energy is only enough to power a small fridge, lights and charge your smartphones

10. The Beach Cabin

Both cabin and veranda, Peter Kuczia’s Baltic Sea Beach Cabin offers the most beautiful panoramic views of the beach. This small fine-dining establishment located in northern Poland near Gdansk boasts of a simple form that blends naturally into the beach surroundings but stands out for its bold design.

Why is this remarkable?

The cabin consists of two parts – an enclosed area to the side and a large open living/dining area which provides shelter as well as an abundance of natural light. This dining area is split in two, with one half done in the traditional cabin style, while the other half is constructed entirely of glass. This glass facade offers onlookers an absolutely sublime view of the ocean, the shore, and even the sky above!

What we like

  • It literally floats above the sand
  • Offers the best panoramic view

What we don’t like

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