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March 5, 2013
Sometimes the only thing getting us through the day is the dream of an escape—from work, from the city, from our day-to-day. Whether it's snow-filled windows and hot chocolate tickling your fancy or flip flops and a couple cold ones you crave, we’ll get your daydreaming started with 15 images of pure relaxation from the newly released Rock the Shack. The cottages, tree houses, cabins, and shelters featured in the hefty tome will take your dreams and turn them up to 11. Featuring standout projects from architects across the world, click through for a slideshow to quell your vacation thirst. Click here to find out more information on Rock the Shack. And if our preview doesn't fill your cabin-lusting quota, the old standby Cabin Porn is still churning out new lustful abodes daily.
Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs
Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs. Edited by Sven Ehmann, Sofia Borges. Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs
Transformer or beach hut? Positioned in a coastal erosion zone, this holiday retreat for a family of five is completely capable of being relocated. An oversized shutter allows for protection from the elements when not in use and opens to allow sun in during the winter or provide shade on hot summer days. Waikato, New Zealand. By Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs
These custom-built colorful cabins allow lifeguards to maintain a watchful eye over beachgoers in style. Part de-Stijl, part Saved by the Bell, we can picture Zack Morris wooing many a beach babe perched atop one of these. Southeastern Florida, USA. By Léo Caillard from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs
Those seeking isolation and inspiration to tackle their work need look no further. A minimalist cube set against a picturesque background form a studio free of distraction, except maybe that view! Newfoundland, Canada. By Saunders Architecture from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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A white-filled (not to mention light-filled) interior bring the minimalist design inside. Newfoundland, Canada. By Saunders Architecture from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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Livable sculpture at its finest. Created for the Zermatt Festival, an annual festival of chamber music, this structure (designed by a team of second-year architecture students!) maximizes the beauty of its surroundings with its 720-degree spiral composition. Valais, Switzerland. By Alice Studio/Atelier de la Conception de l’ Espace from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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Choosing not to make a big to-do of itself, this cottage blends in with its surroundings. A wall of glass on one end allows a merger of the outdoors with the interiors, while white trim leaves the appearance of a snow-kissed façade year-round. Berlin, Germany. By Atelier st Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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During snowy winters, the white interiors seamlessly blend with the home’s exterior. Berlin, Germany. By Atelier st Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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These temporary residences are prefabricated on the mainland before reaching their destination to ensure minimal impact on the environment. Lifted on pillars to further diminish interference with the natural terrain, each hut houses six people. Easter Island, Chile. By AATA Arquitectos from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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The geometric framing lining the interiors echoes the facade's asymmetrical shape. Easter Island, Chile. By AATA Arquitectos from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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A wooden home nestled amongst a cluster of Japanese larch trees offers a perfect sanctuary from nearby Tokyo. Chubu, Japan. By Koji Tsutsui & Associates from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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Every piece of the structure is crafted by local builders, according to traditional Japanese construction methods. Chubu, Japan. By Koji Tsutsui & Associates from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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Updating the A-frame of yore, this home’s liberal use of windows makes the most of panoramic views spanning two valleys. Catalonia, Spain. Cadaval & Sola-Morales from the book Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.
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Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs
Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs. Edited by Sven Ehmann, Sofia Borges. Copyright Gestalten 2013.

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