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A45 House

Evolving from the traditional A-frame cabin, known for its pitched roof and angled walls which allow for easy rain run-off and simple construction, the A45 House is a tiny home that can be customized inside & out and can be built within 4-6 months in any location, without the use of heavy machinery.

Although small, at just 180 sq ft, A45 manages to create more usable floor area by taking a square base and twisting the roof 45 degrees to raise the tiny home to a soaring 13 ft height. The resulting crystal-like shape gives the abode an ever-changing appearance.

Inside, home owners are welcomed by a minimal Nordic design that brings nature inside through the use of an exposed timber-frame in solid pine, Douglas Fir floors, and space-grade insulating natural cork walls. A triangular floor-to-ceiling window, made of seven glass pieces, allows daylight to illuminate the interiors.

An elegant wood-burning fireplace is nestled in one corner while off-the-grid equipment is tucked away in the back. A petite kitchen, a bed, and a bathroom clad in cedar wood are also included, while handcrafted Nordic furniture throughout accentuates the homey feel of this tiny shelter.

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Photos by Matthew Carbone / Bjarke Ingels Group

Deluxe Mountain Chalets

Inspired by bird nests, the Deluxe Mountain Chalets in Styria, Austria, are elevated above the ground on top of the crests, offering impressive views and a floating experience to the occupants.

The four cabins function as an extension to the highly-awarded restaurant “Wirtshaus Steirereck.” Each of them has a steel and point foundation, a superstructure made of timber and other natural materials, façade and window frames shaped from local larch wood, and an extensive green roof.

Entering the chalets is done through parking lots placed underneath the buildings. The interiors are clad in materials recycled from old farmhouses; they use geothermal energy for heating the floors and walls.

Residents have access to a foyer, spacious living room with dining area, fireplace, small kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom equipped with bathtub & sauna, and a terrace. Fully glazed windows are fitted throughout providing stunning panoramic views.

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Photos Courtesy of Viereck Architects


Cabinscape is a Canadian company offering completely off-grid tiny cabin rentals for “intimate wilderness escapes.” The shelters are placed in beautiful landscapes, nearby the best trails and parks of Southern Ontario.

Solar powered and ecologically responsible, the cabins include everything you need for a cozy experience, including drinkable & running water, 4-burner gas stovetop, fridge & freezer, indoor bathroom, kitchen accessories, propane BBQ, and more. Some of the things you can do while you’re there (besides relaxing): visits to maple farms, swim, canoe, fish, hike, cross-country ski, among other fun activities.

Currently, there are two cabins to choose from, each overlooking pristine lakes with expansive wilderness views. However, if you’re looking to rent anywhere from July to November, you’re out of luck–the cabins are all booked.

Book at Cabinscape $121-$159/night