Just Out: Hide & Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs
If you’ve ever dreamed about getting away from it all and hiding out in your very own (architect-designed) cabin, you may very well find inspiration in this utterly beautiful new book from Berlin-based publishers, Gestalten.
Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs follows on from where predecessor and best-seller Rock the Shack leaves off: an array of beautifully designed cabins, hideaways and summer homes that are far removed from the madding crowds. Here, the owners of these hideaways seek to embed themselves in their natural environments, using both traditional and innovative architecture to achieve their ultimate dream: a grown-up cubby house.
This book resonates particularly strongly with me, as we recently moved from a two-bedroom flat in Sydney’s inner west to what I call our “treehouse” in Sydney’s northern suburbs, perched amongst the trees on the edge of a gully.
We’re still finding our way as we navigate taking on a rather interesting property with five levels perched on a bunch of poles and a backyard that resembles a rainforest. But we love the idea of having our own hideaway, and the change from inner-city living couldn’t be more dramatic.
All of the homes stunningly captured in this book offer an alternative to urban living, and yet, considering the trend for creating a sense of “retreat” at home (via the likes of rain shower heads, ‘parent retreats’, spa-like bathrooms and the “outdoor room”), it’s also a roadmap for urban living.
Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hide-Outs, edited by Sofia Borges, Sven Ehmann, Robert Klanten, Published by Gestalten, €39.90. Also available from Amazon and UK Amazon.