Oftentimes the most compelling designs form around an unexpected challenge. When Maricela Salas and Mary McGoff purchased land in the Berkshires, they didn't realize how steep the lot was. This meant that architect R.D. Gentzler had to configure their proposed cabin on top of a rocky ledge, creating a cantilevered form that is completely immsersed in the thick woods that surround it.
Architect Rocio Romero placed this 312-square-foot cabin, dubbed the "Fish Camp," a quarter mile from her home in rural Missouri. Despite its proximity, the structure makes for an ideal forest getaway for Romero and her husband.
Despite its tininess, the 125-square-foot backyard playhouse architect Jerome A. Levin designed for his children has lofty aesthetic ambitions. “I wanted to create a place that feels like it has no connection to the world it stems from,” Levin says. He oriented the primary window to the west, so that the kids could easily watch sunrises and sunsets, and modeled the minimalist interior after sleeper train cars.
After buying a six acre plot on a rocky shoreline two and a half hours north of Toronto, Dan and Diane Molenaar were undaunted by the site's lack of electricty, drinking-water supply, and road access. Nevertheless, things got a bit tricker when they decided to design and build an eco-friendly cabin themselves, as they had to deal with the uneven land and also haul all of the supplies themselves. Nevertheless, the final result is an impressive low-impact cabin that feels both rustic and high-tec.
Architect Olson Kundig designed this distinctive Puget Sound cabin for activist and filmmaker Anna Hoover. Made largely with recycled materials, cabinetry, and plants from homes slated to be demolished, the structure was both easy on the wallet and its surroundings.