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50 Examples of Summer Cabins

From Nature Embedded Architecture to Sustainable Cottage Residences

— May 16, 2015 — Eco
One of the best things to do a the weather gets warmer is to escape to a summer cabin. This collection of summer cabins may inspire people to do just that -- or to build one of their own all together. Filled with stunning architecture that focuses primarily on nature, there are designs that let nature in, help sustain nature and so much more.

Yet what really makes these summer cabins stand out are the contemporary twists many architects have taken the liberty to play with. From rectangular silhouettes that stray away from the more traditional triangular ones to the use of concrete in place of wood, there are a number of ways they've brought summer cabins into the 21st century.
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Rock-Resembling Mountain Retreats
Rock-Resembling Mountain Retreats
This Compact Cabin is Concealed as a Hillside Boulder
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Repurposed Norwegian Dormitories
Repurposed Norwegian Dormitories
Snohetta Revived a Wooden Boathouse for Summer Camp
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Slatted Rooftop Cabins
Slatted Rooftop Cabins
The Detached Cabin is Intended For an Athens Rooftop
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Wrapped-Around Timber Abodes
Wrapped-Around Timber Abodes
Forrester Architects Blends This House with its Surroundings
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Barnyard-Inspired Architecture
Barnyard-Inspired Architecture
MU Architecture's Malbaie VIII Residence is Like a Modern Log Home
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Eco-Friendly Cottages
Eco-Friendly Cottages
This Contemporary Cabin Recycles Old Materials
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Angled Weekend Retreat Cabins
Angled Weekend Retreat Cabins
ON Design Creates the Ideal Getaway in Japan
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Descending Level Abodes
Descending Level Abodes
The Casa Casablanca 67 House is Situated on a Hillside
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Compact Elevated Cabins
Compact Elevated Cabins
Olson Kundig Architects' Sol Duc Cabin Design Withstands Floods
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Crafty Camouflage Cabins
Crafty Camouflage Cabins
Antoine by Bureau A is an Alpine Cabin Cleverly Disguised as a Boulder
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Catilevered Cove Homes
Catilevered Cove Homes
The Gambier Island House Features a Private View
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Stilted Timber Cabins
Stilted Timber Cabins
The Charred Cabin Encapsulates the Bare Minimum for Living
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Single-Room Residences
Single-Room Residences
This 1960s Log Cabin Brings New Meaning to the Term Open-Concept
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Stilt-Supported Cabins
Stilt-Supported Cabins
The UFOGEL Holiday House was Designed by Peter Jungmann
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Sci-Fi Alpine Structures
Sci-Fi Alpine Structures
The Ufogel Lodge Fuses a Contemporary Concept with Traditional Practices
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Mountain Top Cabins
Mountain Top Cabins
People Can Enjoy a Free Place to Stay If They Climb 8303 Feet to Get There
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Understated Hillside Abodes
Understated Hillside Abodes
Norway's Vega Cottage is a Modern Translation of a Classic Cabin
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Mirrored Cuboid Cabins
Mirrored Cuboid Cabins
'The Lookout' Blends and Reflects the Surrounding Landscape
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Modular Timber Cabins
Modular Timber Cabins
This Luxurious Hamptons Home by Rangr Studio is Tucked Away in the Woods
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Mountainous Treehouse Hotels
Mountainous Treehouse Hotels
This Hotel is Located in the Blue Mountains of Australia
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Composer-Targeted Cabins
Composer-Targeted Cabins
Johnsen Schmaling Architects' Structure is a Serene Retreat for Musicians
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Leaning Cabin Residences
Leaning Cabin Residences
Uhlik Architekti's Compact Vacation Home is Supported by a Standing Rock
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Contemporary Country Cabins
Contemporary Country Cabins
The Garden St. Residence is Inspired by a Modern Loft Interior
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Contemporary Forest Residences
Contemporary Forest Residences
Chile's CBI House Blends Modern Design with Natural Topography
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Island Chalet Residences
Island Chalet Residences
The Vashon Island Cabin Features a Daylight Basement
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Nature Embedded Architecutre
Nature Embedded Architecutre
The Nahahum Balance Associates Architects Home is Set in Nature
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Folded Transparent Cottages
Folded Transparent Cottages
The Zeroplus Architects Sneeoosh Cabin Brings the Outdoors Inside
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Sleek Tourist Cabins
Sleek Tourist Cabins
The Rabot Tourist Cabin Shelters Hikers in the Mountains
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Luxurious Eco Abodes
Luxurious Eco Abodes
Eentileen Arkitektur's Denmark Cabin Features a Sustainable and Chic Design
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Eco-Friendly Cedar Cabins
Eco-Friendly Cedar Cabins
The Stealth Cabin Combines Modern and Traditional Design Philosophies
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Rustic Trailer Residences
Rustic Trailer Residences
Heirloom's Mini Mobile Cabin is a Hipster's Dream Home
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Modular Outback Cabins
Modular Outback Cabins
The Modscape Cabin Functions Off The Grid
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Removable Eco Pods (UPDATE)
Removable Eco Pods (UPDATE)
IN-TENTA Upgrades its Previous Design to the DROP XL
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Cozy Oceanside Homes
Cozy Oceanside Homes
The Provincetown Beach Cabin Brings Comforting Decor to the Seaside
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Top-Popping Cottages
Top-Popping Cottages
The Shadowboxx House Features an Attached Cabin with a Hinged Roof
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Sustainable Cabin Residences
Sustainable Cabin Residences
Lang Architecture's Hudson Woods Home is Eco-Friendly and Elegant
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Modernist Country Cabins
Modernist Country Cabins
Tomek Michalski Contemporary Cottage is Customized and Cozy
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Spectacular Slanted Mountain Retreats
Spectacular Slanted Mountain Retreats
'Canyon House' by Balance Associates Architects is Stunning
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Deceptive Cottage RVs
Deceptive Cottage RVs
The Escape Cabin by Kelly Davis is a Tiny House on Wheels
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Tropical Cozy Cabins
Tropical Cozy Cabins
This Tiny Hawaiian Wood Cabin is Only 200 Square Feet But Feels Airy
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Mobile Log Cabins
Mobile Log Cabins
These Modern Mobile Homes Have a Rustic Feel Inspired by Log Cabins
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Contemporary Dutch Cottages
Contemporary Dutch Cottages
Zecc Architects Designs a Countryside Cabin Using Shuttered Walls
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Camouflaged Forest Cabins
Camouflaged Forest Cabins
This Timber Cabin Blends in with Its Natural Environment
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Cozy Backyard Bunkies
Cozy Backyard Bunkies
The Collingwood Shepherd Hut Offers Comfy Permit-Free Overflow Accommodation
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Woodsy Prefab Cabins
Woodsy Prefab Cabins
Chris Pardo Design's Small Prefab Home is Ideal for Cozying Up with Nature
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Rural Off-Grid Cabins
Rural Off-Grid Cabins
The Tintaldra Rural Cabin Blends in Seamlessly With its Rugged Surroundings
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Wild Woodsy Homes
Wild Woodsy Homes
The ‘Tree House Porch’ by John Grable Architects is Divine
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Deceptive Cottage-Shaped RVs
Deceptive Cottage-Shaped RVs
The ESCAPE Luxury RV Cabin is Not Your Average Mobile Vehicle
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Multi-Purpose Outdoor Homes
Multi-Purpose Outdoor Homes
Broadhurst Architects Inc.'s 'The Crib' is Versatile
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Deceptive Concrete Residences
Deceptive Concrete Residences
The AV House by BAK Arquitectos Shows Cement Can Have Warmth
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