When we bought the cabin, I put up a quick free blog hosted on Blogspot to post photos to so we could show the changes the cabin has gone through. While we have done that, I have posted a lot of design and architecture links to it as well which has generated a growing amount of traffic over the years. Over the last year the site has been linked to by several architectural firms, some classes, and some publications as a niche architectural design resource which has been really cool. I am not an architect or a designer but it’s nice that my curation efforts are recognized.
As I was looking for something today and I had a lot of fun looking back at some of the amazing buildings, boats, and structures found in the architectural section of the site. Here are some of my favorites.
- The Saskatoon Hayloft :: This is a fun post because I saw it being created day by day as I walked or drove by it on my way to work. What started as a Safeway store in the 20s turned into a home and performance space that is one of the jewels of Caswell Hill.
- Floating Home on Lake Huron :: When I think of projects like this, I don’t think of them being located on the Great Lakes. When you do take a look at both the design and the location, you realize how it all fits together (although I am not sure how the ice doesn’t tear it apart in the winter).
- Unplugged :: A series of cabins who are all off the grid. While some are a little over the top, the Shack at Hinkle Farm is a long time design favorite.
- Rustic Houseboat by the Sea :: If I was single and lived near a large body of water, I would love to have a place like this to get away to. It’s a little rustic by my standards and I doubt it would be comfortable on a really hot day but the idea is a great one.
- Home Office Cube in Chile :: This is quite high end but what a great concept. The contrast between being open and closed is incredible.
- Compact beach chalet in the U.K. :: While I get a kick out of how close the English can put beach front cabins together and I am not sure if I would want to live like that, I do really like how this cabin is designed on the inside, now if it could only generate some elbow room.
- The Cube :: How great would it be to have a home office on the side of a mountain, especially one that seemed to blend right into the mountain and at the same time disappear while you are in it.
- Chen House :: This is an interesting design that strives to integrate life inside and the surrounding environment together. It also has an interesting flexible engineering structure designed to move with the wind and the rains rather than stand up to them.
- A lo-fi urban private club :: A fun post about a private urban country club in New York. Why more of these don’t exist, I don’t know. Before you ask, I have tried to get one for the parking lot at work and was vetoed.
- An off the grid weekend getaway :: This is nothing more than a repurposed boat shed in the middle of nowhere but what a great layout. It inspired us to open up our cabin and rearrange the layout and design of it. While we are definitely on the grid, it does show you how little you need to get away from the city and enjoy the weekend. I think of all of the projects I have linked to, this is my favorite.
- A Hermit’s Cabin :: I keep thinking I am going to build one of these for Mark and Oliver at the lake.
- Emergency shelter’s made from pallets :: As I have posted before, I am not sure why these aren’t used in places like Haiti and other places where there are large scale refugees needing quick, cheap, and stable emergency housing that can be improved over time.
Of course, if you have comments or other suggestions that you think would fit in, let me know in the comments.