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October 27, 2015
Dwelling small is a way of life, not just in cities with high population density, but also in more isolated regions.
Modern small space Rhode Island cottage facade with windows, chimney, skylight and cedar cladding

An artist by trade, and gardener by passion, Allison Paschke commissioned Providence-based architecture firm 3SIXØ to build a modest one-room cottage that would allow her to reconnect with nature. She landscaped the home’s lush gardens herself.

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Modern small cantilevered cabin in Massachusetts with glass facade

A cantilevered cabin designed by R D Gentzler blends into the Massachusetts mountains, even as it hovers above a 20-foot drop-off. Its south face is almost entirely glass, but a roof canopy limits solar gain. “We sit on the deck all afternoon watching the trees, and the time just flies by,” says resident Maricela Salas.

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Vinalhaven cabins exterior

Three small pavilions connected by a deck form a Maine summer retreat that balances privacy with a panoramic view—all in less than 900 square feet.

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Micro Cluster Cabins in Norway are located beside the sea.

The family retreat abuts a rocky cliff in Herfell, Norway. The central cabin provides communal living spaces, while the two cabins that flank it are used as private sleeping quarters.

 

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Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Originally appeared in This Cozy Retreat Holds the Cure for Cabin Fever
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IST Slovakian Farmhouse by Peter Jurkovič

The north wall of this Slovakian country home functions as a cut-away, offering a peek inside an efficient yet cozy dwelling. Architect Peter Jurkovič built the home for a woman who had sold her flat in the big city of Bratislava and wanted something that reminded her of the village life of her childhood. 

 

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Peter Jurkovič
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Norwegian cabin with stone exterior and roof and solar panels

Atelier Oslo overcame nature’s challenges when they designed Cabin Norderhov, a seasonal, eco-friendly retreat on a steep hillside overlooking Lake Steinsfjorden in Norway. 

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Lars Petter Pettersen
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On New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island, two architects designed a petite holiday home that takes care of its own water, electricity, and sewage needs.

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Modern small space Rhode Island cottage facade with windows, chimney, skylight and cedar cladding

An artist by trade, and gardener by passion, Allison Paschke commissioned Providence-based architecture firm 3SIXØ to build a modest one-room cottage that would allow her to reconnect with nature. She landscaped the home’s lush gardens herself.

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