The promise of cabin living is that with a little land and some ingenuity we can have simpler times and more nature.

Insulated Weekend Cabin in South Africa
Eight years after construction began, this lakeside weekend home 80 miles outside Johannesburg, South Africa, received the...
A Floating South African Cabin Borrows From the Landscape
In a forested suburb of Cape Town, four cylinders make a tower-like hideout on a businessman’s family estate.
Take in the South African Countryside in This Shipping Container Eco-Cabin
Nestled on a family farm, this South African shipping container cabin is completely off the grid.
A Prefab Housing Concept in South Africa
It took 11 years of traversing through three different countries for Eric Bigot to develop his Zenkaya prefab housing concept.
An Elegant South African Home Embraces Mesmerizing Views
Located in the wine region of Benguela Cove, this modern family retreat is well suited to make the most of its unique natural...
A Magical, Off-Grid Guesthouse Disappears Into the South African Bushveld
Inspired by ancient ruins, Frankie Pappas crafts a green-roofed, brick guesthouse that connects deeply with nature.
This Modern Matte Black Cabin Is a Dreamy Weekend Retreat
Tucked away in Basque Country, Heva is a tiny prefab cabin that opens up to the landscape.
A Family Joins Hands to Restore a Crumbling Farmhouse in South Africa
Architect Lee de Wit and his relatives work together to create a getaway where nearly everything in sight tells a story.
This Eco-Friendly Home Wears the South African Bush as Camouflage
Sunken in the earth and topped with native grass, this low-slung concrete home lets the landscape rule.
A Grand Seaside Estate Hits the Market at $2.2M in South Africa
Spanning over 21,000 square feet, the property soaks up sweeping seaside vistas with floor-to-ceiling windows.
An Inviting South African Cottage Embraces Its Seaside Locale
Clad in timber and well-connected to the outdoors, this retreat in the village of Kommetjie is a nod to traditional cottage...
Top Design Cities 2019: Cape Town, South Africa
Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo steers us through the design destination of Cape Town with his recommendations.
Spirit of the South
With neighboring duplexes supplying rental income, two Knoxville architects patiently—and affordably—craft their dream home.
A Cork-Covered Retreat in South Africa Is Built Using Mass Timber
Architect Paul Elliott erects an eco-friendly home on family property, implementing sustainable materials and Japanese...
A Cozy Weekend Retreat in South Korea Emphasizes Quality Family Time
Smart window placements and multifunctional rooms make this the perfect getaway to gather, socialize, and connect.
A Hotelier Riffs on a Traditional Barn for His Family’s Retreat in South Africa
In the Elgin Valley, a simple rural form by Scott + Partners sets the foundation for an indoor/outdoor getaway.
This New A-Frame Cabin Kit Can Be Built in a Weekend for $21K
Den’s new easy-to-assemble, flat-packed cabin is disrupting the prefab scene.
A South African Architect Designs an Off-Grid, Modern Home For Her Parents
Requested to build "nothing that looks like a house," an architect creates a barn-inspired retreat with its own conservatory to...
An Architect Builds a Quiet, Wabi-Sabi Weekend Cabin in New York
The Pond House mirrors and honors its surroundings in both form and function.
Stacked Shipping Containers Create a New Model For Urban Living in South Africa
This modular building composed of 140 shipping containers is designed to revitalize and revamp the downtown core of Johannesburg,...
Modern Weekend Ski Home
A modernist cabin in British Columbian ski country is the perfect retreat for a family of outdoor adventurers.
This $12K Flat-Pack Cabin Makes the Perfect Weekend Retreat or Backyard Office
Hungarian design studio Hello Wood unveils Kabinka, an affordable, compact cabin that can fit a kitchenette, bed, desk, and couch.
This Cozy Cabin in the British Countryside Has Everything You Need for a Relaxing Weekend
Out of The Valley just completed their latest project, the Holly Water Cabin—and it’s available for rent.
Made In: The South
Check out the best products crafted in the South, part of our 2019 Made in America series.
Eco-Friendly Safari Lodge in Africa's Okavango Delta
In the midst of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, surrounded by wild palms, fig trees, and African wildlife, is the luxurious yet...
An Architect’s South African Digs Borrow the Stripped-Down Look of Parking Garages
Gregory Katz’s concrete home and rubber-clad studio in Johannesburg ooze effortless cool.
Take an Eco-Escape to a Spherical Forest Villa in an Eroded Volcanic Cone in Rwanda
With interiors and an architectural style that's deeply rooted in indigenous design traditions, the recently opened Bisate Lodge...
A South African Home With a Green Roof Opens Completely to the Landscape
Two brothers utilize vernacular building techniques to create the Witklipfontein Eco Lodge on a working farm near Vredefort Dome.
Architect Stefano Boeri Unveils Plans For Africa’s First Vertical Forests
The Italian architect is on a mission to transform the world's cities into lush living landscapes—and his next target is Cairo.
Charming Weekend Cottage Renovation in Marin
A Bay Area landscape designer works her yard like a jigsaw puzzle, packing a bevy of distinctive destinations into a steep and...
Sustainable in South Africa
What if the World/Design Studio is one inspired outfit.
First-Class Cabins
From the familiar log model to Swiss chalets and Swedish friggebods, cabins are the simplest of structures, made from local...
Out of the Valley Cabin
A perfect destination for visitors to Devon, England who love the environment and seek serene, natural surroundings, as well as...
Little Cabins On the Prairie
With these modern-day lodges for Kansas City campers heading to the country, a Missouri architecture firm puts a fresh face on a...
Here's What Norse Mythology and Modern Architecture Have in Common
From skiing to soaking up the sun, a family retreat for all seasons.
Modern Marsh House in South Carolina
In South Carolina's Lowcountry, a contemporary house soars amid the oaks and alligators.

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