Friday Cabins #19: Open Air Cabins From Around the World
As the weather heats up, these tropical cabins look like the perfect place to escape
Welcome to the end of the week and another Friday—we did it! Every Friday, Cabins Etc is here to bring you a round-up of cabins plucked from the pages of Field Mag for a weekly dose of travel and design inspo as we head into the weekend.
Inspired by the glorious weather in NYC this week (lol), today we are bringing you cabins from tropical places, namely Brazil, Thailand, and Costa Rica. Located in consistently warm weather means these cabins can be open to the elements all year long—ah, the luxury!
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In Chiang Mai, Thailand, this 1,080 square foot cabin experiments with material and space through unconventional design decisions. Inspired by the architecture of Northern Thailand and the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique of charring wood, the Wood and Mountain Cabin displays a striking ombré effect on its shingled facade.
Inside, the floor plan is narrow, but minimal furnishings and a double-high ceiling make the space feel grand. The exterior shingling carries into the interior of the house for dynamic surrounding walls, and a lofted bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a colorfully tiled bathroom makes this small space exciting. A cedar soaking tub integrated into the rear deck is the cherry on top.
In Costa Rica's cloud forest, Casa Salvaje by Mazpazz Architects makes off-grid living luxurious with homey details and holistic design. The poured concrete entrance is infused with both crystals and native plant prints stamped into the walls and floor to pass good energy to each visitor. The space also acts as a meditation area and greenhouse.
The native hardwood roble coral is used throughout the interior, for a warm mountain cabin vibe that contrasts the cool tones of its stone exterior. Solar energy and a rain-harvesting system power the house, while outside the landscape is planted with edible and medicinal plants for a wholly self-sustaining project.
While we love a cozy winter cabin, there's also something to be said for an open-air, jungle treehouse, like the Monkey House in Paraty, Brazil. Named after the Capuchin monkeys that call the area home, the diamond shaped house by Atelier Marko Brajovic takes inspiration from its forest site, placed on pillars to mimic the towering Juçara palms throughout its surroundings.
Three stories make up the interior, with openings in all directions. The top floor is designed to be an activity, meditation, and studying space, open completely to the elements save for the metal roof and handrail. Designed to merge itself and its inhabitants in nature, the Monkey House allows life to just be.
TY TY have a good weekend!