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Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.43 lb, 640 pages
US$ 25
Multilingual Edition:
English, French, German
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Availability: November 2022
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.

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Customer reviews (17)

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 Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Richard Meier, Zaha Hadid, and soon Norman Foster.

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.43 lb, 640 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-6501-1
Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
Bibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!

Customer reviews (17)


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

Ultimate Escape Pods

Michael Young, October 27, 2021
From the way out to the way in, beautifully illustrated cabins to meet every taste, form and fantasy..

Delivers what it promises

Nikolaos, October 27, 2021
It's never easy to cover such a BIG topic as SMALL cabins. Still, the book succeeds in inspiring the ambitious cabin owner or user into some of the real gems across the globe. Well done!

Great for small house design inspiration

Frank, October 27, 2021
The book provides a lot of inspiration for cabins AND tiny houses, small houses and everything in between. Great variation of curated designs, styles and environments in which the cabins are built.

Very beautiful

Chiara, October 27, 2021
A beautiful selection of small houses with photographs and fantastic graphic illustrations as introduction to each example. A very interesting picking from all over the world.

In the woods

Panagiotis, October 27, 2021
Loved it !
Cabins (Bibliotheca Universalis)
US$ 25
Cabins (Bibliotheca Universalis)