Portable and DIY sanctuaries are one of the recent architectural and design developments to surface from Europe. Hermit Houses, designed by Daniel Venneman and Mark van der Net, were originally created as an escape from the popular Oerol Theatre Festival, located on the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands.
Now, with DIY construction kits, people are able to assemble their own hermit houses in two days. The designs are clever as they reflect innovative European design; individuals are greeted with a modern, geometric yet also rustic style structure that is unlike anything else on the market. The Abé, one of the original designs, is designed for a couple or small family, and is complete with a two-person bed, eating area, kitchenette and porch.
Other designs vary in shape and features offered; the Emy provides an open concept for those who like to sleep outside, while the Elly is larger and more luxurious. These small houses, which can serve as a holiday home, playhouse, lounge area or garden pavilion, offer a unique way to enjoy the outdoors.
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