Ever since Henry David Thoreau’s described his two years, two months, and two days of cabin existence at Walden Pond, Massachusetts in Walden, or, Life in the Woods (1854), the idea of a refuge 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 new TASCHEN title, combining insightful text, rich photography and bright, contemporary illustrations by Marie-Laure Cruschi, explores 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. As such, the cabin comes to showcase some of the most inventive and forward-looking practice of contemporary architecture, with Renzo Piano, Terunobu Fujimori, Tom Kundig and many fresh young professionals all embracing such distilled sanctuary spaces.
The cabins selected for this publication emphasize the variety of the genre, both in terms of usage and geography. From an artist studio on the Suffolk coast in England to eco-home huts in the Western Ghats region of India, this survey 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.
“Cabins is full of stunning photography and informative text that makes it ideal for tossing on your coffee table. Also included are illustrations by Marie-Laure Cruschi that help you delve deeper into the design behind both rustic cabins and more contemporary ones. Pick it up, get inspired, and prepare to want your own.”
“Dream of an architectural stunner in a woodsy, rural escape? Then Cabins, a lavish TASCHEN coffee table book out this month, is for you…”
— ApartmentTherapy.com, New York
“This gorgeous new title explores how this particular type of building presents architects and their clients with the opportunity to be creative in a way that designing a typical home simply cannot allow. The result is a beautiful, romantic book with stunning photography and bright contemporary illustrations…”
— Tatler Homes, Hong Kong
“There’s something about the fusion of vernacular simplicity, elegant detailing and stunning sites that makes this the perfect armchair excursion into the woods.”
— Wallpaper Magazine, London
“…The book’s graphics make is a good choice for any designer; its innovations, for any armchair architect.”
— North & South, Auckland
“…clearly a book with attitude…61 diverse projects, beautifully portrayed by a playful mix of stunning photographs and illustrations. The illustrations play a dominant part in the reading experience both helping to portray the cabins primary elements but also to fuel the romance and fantasy of living in the woods unencumbered by reality. For an architect, this book must be a compelling source of inspiration…Cabin Fever was never so good.”
— World Architecture News, London
“…Offering inspiration and a hefty dose of envy for all fans of stylish design and the great outdoors, this is definitely a book to get lost in.”
— The Dabbler, London