Building on difficult terrain that is also subject to icy winters, the Norwegian firm Atelier Oslo decided to get creative when designing this cabin in the Krokskogen forest. Featuring an undulating interior with four distinct yet seamlessly incorporated levels, the space offers both cozy reclusiveness and sweeping views of nearby Lake Steinsfjorden.
Though it features windows recycled from a Toronto skyscraper, Dan and Diane Molenaar's private retreat feels farther than two and a half hours from the city. Located on a rugged shoreline inaccesible by road, the couple enlisted their entire family to help them haul in necessary materials.
When Joseph Gordon teamed up with this friend, architect Germán Brun, to build his dream cabin in the Ozark Mountains, the two of them wanted the structure to have as little impact on the environment as possible. Along with high-quality insulation and solar panels, they incorporated as many windows as possible, which drastically reduced the amount of electricity needed to keep the house bright.
Located on an island in the middle of Canada's Lake Shoal, Maem Slater-Enns and Herbert Enns' cabin is indebted to its surroundings. “Canada’s greatest aspect is its landscape—and having this wild, remote place was more important than owning a house,” says Herbert. Nevertheless, some creature comforts exist—the dining room contains several Karim Rashid Oh chairs, a stove, and a table made from a felled tree.
This beach-side cabin in New Zealand is perfectly secluded. Located on a remote island 62 miles from the coast of Auckland and completely off-the-grid, the home is designed for brief getaways revolving around surfing, cooking, and dining.
Amanda and Jeremy Hollis initially purchased a 37-acre swath of land in the Wisconsin forest as a place where they could pitch a tent for hiking and cross-country skiing. But with a baby on the way, the Chicago couple decided to build a more permanent structure. Designed by architect Brian Johnson, the resulting retreat is a modern reinvention of the archetypal cabin in the woods.