This weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, serves as a testing ground for its residents, who design outdoor clothing and gear. The shelter is constructed from locally harvested larch wood and removable fiberplastic walls and is crowned with two yellow dome tents used as year-round bedrooms. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
Four huts flanking a central square deck make up this site, perfect for impromptu camping trips, in Newton, Massachusetts. The roofs of the huts are well suited for the winter: Snow slides off the steep pitches, and the tall, triangular spaces create shelters big enough to house multiple families.
We'd come prepared with this travel coffee set from Stumptown, which includes a coffee drip, manual grinder, mug, and everything else you might need to make that perfect off-the-grid cup. $125. Photo by James Ransom.
This 70-square-foot writer's retreat in Wren, Oregon, was constructed using a prefabricated steel frame. The materials were carried out to the site by hand, while the frame came out in the bucket of a front loader. Photo by Gary Tarleton.