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25Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
Yearning for rustic simplicity? Open the door to Cabins, a gorgeous showcase of minimal, low-impact, peaceful abodes around the world. From contemplative bliss in an English coastal studio to eco-home huts in the Western Ghats of India, each of these minimal homes exude innovative, eco-friendly, mindful living.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.2.14 lb640 pages
“Don’t be surprised if, by the end, you find yourself wondering whether to ditch your current setup for one of remote tranquility in the middle of nowhere.”
“TASCHEN understands books just as the best architects understand buildings.”
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Life in the Woods

Creative cabin architecture, from California to Sapporo

Ever since Henry David Thoreau’s described his two years, two months, and two days of refuge existence at Walden Pond, Massachusetts, in Walden, or, Life in the Woods (1854), the idea of a cabin dwelling has seduced the modern psyche. In the past decade, as our material existence and environmental footprint has grown exponentially, architects around the globe have become particularly interested in the possibilities of the minimal, low-impact, and isolated abode.

This Bibliotheca Universalis edition of Cabins combines insightful text, rich photography, and bright, contemporary illustrations by Marie-Laure Cruschi to show how this particular architectural type presents special opportunities for creative thinking. In eschewing excess, the cabin limits actual spatial intrusion to the bare essentials of living requirements, while in responding to its typically rustic setting, it foregrounds eco-friendly solutions. The cabin comes to showcase some of the most inventive and forward-looking practices of contemporary architecture, with Renzo Piano, Terunobu Fujimori, Tom Kundig, and many fresh young professionals all embracing such distilled sanctuary spaces.

The book showcases the variety of cabins in use and geography. From an artist studio on the Suffolk coast in England to eco-home huts in the Western Ghats region of India, this collection is as exciting in its international reach as it is in its array of briefs, clients, and situations. Constant throughout, however, is architectural innovation, and an inspiring sense of contemplation and coexistence as people return to nature and to a less destructive model of being in the world.
The author

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His TASCHEN books include the Architecture Now! series and monographs on numerous major architects, including Norman Foster, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid.

Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm0.97 kg640 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-6501-1

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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18 Ratings


Zoltan,November 16, 2021
This is great book with wonderful color photos throughout.

Redefining cosiness

Richard,October 27, 2021
Perfect book when you‘re feeling all stressed from city life and feel this craving for nature and seclusion

Très beau

Jeremy,October 27, 2021
Très beau panorama des "Cabins", donnant envie de déménager !

Inspiring book!

Federico,October 27, 2021
Amazing colors and projects!


Carlo,October 27, 2021
Useful book: beautiful to peruse through, and with many ideas if you are planning to build a cabin yourself