Hide and Seek: The Architecture of Cabins and Hideouts

A beautiful book of impressively designed retreats that inspire wilderness solitude


Since the dawn of civilization, people have sought refuge from it. For many, time in nature can bring clarity and perspective to life, and it’s the off-the-beaten-track dwellings that provide this respite from society. With around-the-clock connectivity via smartphones and urbanization at an all-time high, getting away from it all has never been more essential. However finding solace in the wilderness certainly doesn’t mean shivering in a dirt-floored hovel. Following the success of their outdoor creativity tome “The Outsiders,” Gestalten continues looking to the wild with “Hide and Seek” examining the architecture and design of some of the world’s most unique and aesthetically focused hideaways.

Spread out over 256 pages, the book offers a wealth of design inspiration. Many of the homes opt for an urban, minimalist design aesthetic that—when juxtaposed with the ruggedness of the wild surroundings—makes for a stark yet harmonious contrast. Organized by landscape type, the book lends equal weight to mountain huts, wooded hideaways and seaside cabins. Traditional, regional architecture is often blended with modern sensibilities in inventive and unquestionably beautiful ways.

“Hide and Seek” is available from Gestalten and Amazon for between $48 and $60. Check out the slideshow for a few of our favorite hideouts from the book.

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