Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs


Edited by S. Ehmann and S. Borges

Documenting the trend and riding a renewed interest in the increasingly remote but largely unspoilt parts of the countryside, Rock the Shack documents over 90 projects which take us back to nature. Ranging from backyard shelters for contemplation of just a few metres to substantial holiday homes built on private islands, the common denominator is the delicate balance each project strikes between strong design aesthetics, that have largely been developed in urban locations, and a sensitivity and lightness of foot that is fitting of the environments these structures are placed. And they are placed… perched in trees, anchored on rocks, floating on lakes, cantilevered over cliffs and stood on stilts. This variation gives the book its structure: projects are grouped in sections that deal with their proximity to forests, mountains, bodies of water or large open spaces.

Printed on weighty, uncoated stock with generous imagery, each project has foundation information and serves as an invite to find out more about the respective projects through self research. Rock the Shack presents a wealth of innovative architectural ideas that will provoke the imagination time and time again. Ideal for urban dwellers planning or dreaming up their own slice of solitude beyond the city limits.

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From the Publisher

Rock the Shack takes us to the places we long for. For the first time in the history of humankind, more people live in cities than in the country. Yet, at the same time, more and more city dwellers are yearning for rural farms, mountain cabins, or seaside homes. These kinds of refuges offer modern men and women a promise of what urban centers usually cannot provide: quiet, relaxation, being out of reach, getting back to basics, feeling human again. Rock the Shack is a survey of such contemporary refuges from around the world from basic to luxury. The book features a compelling range of sparingly to intricately furnished cabins, cottages, second homes, tree houses, transformations, shelters, and cocoons. The look of the included structures from the outside is just as important as the view from inside. What these diverse projects have in common is an exceptional spirit that melds the uniqueness of a geographic location with the individual character of the building s owner and architect.

Published by Gestalten
ISBN 978-3-89955-466-3

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