Friday Cabins #6: Airstreams, Huts, and Modern Desert Lookouts
Surrounded by rock and sand, these raw landscape accommodations prove to be an oasis of their own
Good morning and welcome to another Friday Cabins, a complementary email from from your friends at Cabins Etc, the #1 newsletter for lovers of cabins and cabin-adjacent inbox-based content, and companion to the Certified Cabin Lover-exclusive Wednesday Deep Dive.
The sun is shining bright here in the Big Apple™️, the temp is above 45 degrees, and I’m trying to write this as fast as humanly possible (while still delivering quality for you reader, ofc, ofc.) to Get Out There and enjoy some fresh air.
So let’s get to it!
This week’s round-up of projects hand-picked from the digital pages of Field Mag, the internet’s most trusted source of content at the intersection of Good Design and the Great Outdoors, explores modern cabins in the desert of the U S of A.
From a glamping outpost in Joshua Tree, CA (complete with 47 (!) rental Airstreams) to a post-apocalyptic writing studio on a 1,000-acre ranch in Texas, we’re digging the dirt and loving the Earthy architecture ~vibrations~.
Read on and then, if you can, Get Out There too.
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AutoCamp, the design-forward Airstream-focused modern campground company based in California, continues their impressive expansion efforts with the soft opening of their latest campsite in Joshua Tree, CA. Although there remains some construction to be completed on site (the pool, mainly), visitors can now book stays in their 47 Airstreams, four accessible suits, and four X-Suite cabins among the world famous High Desert.
Eye-catching design is a hallmark of AutoCamp glamping sites, and their Joshua Tree Outpost is no different. The central clubhouse is marked but a variety of textures inside and out, and its domed figure based on Quonset Huts-fits seamlessly into the eclectic architecture seen throughout the Joshua Tree area.
Prices range from $199 to $289 per night for a Classic Airstream Suite to the prefab Vista X-Suite cabins, respectively.
Perched within a limestone cliff in Texas, rests the Clear Rock Lookout, a raw steel hunting blind and writing studio. Designed in 2016 by Lemmo Architecture and Design, the cabin sits on a 1,000-acre ranch, its site handpicked by the owner after years spent traversing the land.
Steel decking and a playground-like staircase links the structure, which is split into two separate volumes to accommodate both needs. Floor-to-ceilings windows bring in light and air to the writing studio, while thin picture windows hide the observer in the hunting blind. The Clear Rock Lookout and the entire ranch went up for sale in 2019 for $18.5 mill but as of today, seems to be off-market.
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