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Dezeen's top 10 cabins of 2022

In the latest roundup in Dezeen's review of 2022, we have selected 10 cabins published this year, including structures perched on mountainsides, overlooking lakes and nestled in back gardens.

Cabins are a perennial favourite with Dezeen readers. These small structures prove that architectural marvels can come in any size, offering a rare dose of escapism.

Here are 10 cabins we covered in 2022:

Red cabin in Norway
Photo is by Carlos Rollan

Bathhouse, Norway, by Handegård Arkitektur

Norwegian practice Handegård Arkitektur built this waterfront cabin for a client who lives near the coast. The structure was informed by traditional Norwegian boathouses, specifically their typically bright red-painted exterior.

A glazed living area is encircled by a second skin of vertical timber planks, each angled at 45 degrees that provide the interior with privacy from passersby while simultaneously giving the interior views out to the seafront.

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The cabin has a black aluminium exterior
Photo is by YAC srl

Bivacco Brédy, Italy, by BCW Collective

Perched on a slab of rock 2,528 metres above sea level, Bivacco Brédy is an aluminium-clad bivouac shelter located in the Aosta Valley in northwest Italy.

The structure was created as a memorial for Claudio Brédy, a local politician and Alpinist who died in 2017 during a mountain expedition. It has a rectangular form and incorporates a large window that is oriented towards mountains that had been climbed by Brédy.

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Exterior image of wood-lined cabin
Photo is by Noel Richter

Raus cabin, Germany, by Sigurd Larsen

Danish architect Sigurd Larsen designed a cabin for hospitality start-up Raus that aims to draw city residents away from their urban setting to a retreat immersed in nature.

Larsen created a "cave-like situation" that can host up to three adults or two adults with two children. Large square windows frame views of the surroundings.

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Exterior image of the lakeside house by Citic
Photo is by Nico Saieh

3C2C, Chile, by Team Citic

At this home in Chile, which was created by architecture studio Team Citic, three gabled cabins are connected by glazed walkways.

The different volumes divide the home's functions, the first housing a kitchen and living area, the second the bedrooms and the third containing guest areas that can be completely closed off for privacy.

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Grampians Peaks Trail hiking shelter by Noxon Giffen and McGregor Coxall
Photo is by Shannon McGrath

Grampians National Park cabins, Australia, by Noxon Giffen and McGregor Coxall

A series of remote cabins by Australian studios Noxon Giffen and McGregor Coxall were installed along the 160-kilometre-long Grampians Peaks Trail in Victoria, Australia.

"To celebrate and incorporate the landscape into the design, a considered selection of natural materials was used for the shelters, responding to the specific nature, colours and textures of each individual campsite," said the architects.

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Exterior image of Lipno Lakeside Cabin
Photo is by Petr Polak

Lipno Lakeside Cabin, Czech Republic, by Les Archinautes and 3AE

Larch cladding covers the exterior of Lipno Lakeside Cabin in the Czech Republic, designed by French architecture studio Les Archinautes and local practice 3AE.

The design of the wood-wrapped cabin was informed by a structure that once existed on the site. It has a minimalist form that is decorated with square and circular windows overlooking Lipno lake, providing visitors with a resting space from skiing and hiking.

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Exterior image of the entrance to The Hermitage
Photo is by Anna Positano, Gaia Cambiaggi / Studio Campo

The Hermitage, Italy, by Llabb

Italian architecture studio Llabb's The Hermitage is a 12-square-metre wooden structure that overlooks the Trebbia valley and references Scandinavian cabins and Japanese teahouses.

The off-grid cabin is built atop four wood-and-steel supports and has a modular design that is constructed from Okoume marine plywood.

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Exterior image of Climbers Cabin lit up at night
Photo is by Martin Gardner

Climber's Cabin, UK, by AR Design Studio

Built using four A-frame trusses, Climber's Cabin is a timber structure in the garden of a Winchester home that was designed by AR Design Studio as a place to relax in a woodland setting.

The cabin is surrounded by an angular, geometric decked terrace that mimics the shape of the main structure. For its construction, AR Design Studio used upcycled and locally sourced natural materials.

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Image of Marramarra Shack peering over a body of water
Photo is by Rory Gardiner

Marramarra Shack, Australia, by Leopold Banchini Architects

Named after the creek on which it sits, Marramarra Shack is a wooden cabin in New South Wales, Australia that was designed by Swiss practice Leopold Banchini Architects.

The design of the cabin was informed by the area's history and repurposes wooden telegraph poles and an old jetty for its furniture and structural elements. The exterior of the cabin is clad in fire-resistant fibre cement panels.

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Image of a wooden glamping cabin with views across a mountainous setting
Photo is by Jared Chambers

Find Sanctuary cabins, US, by Charlie Hammond

A site in Big Bear, California will be host to 40 cabins for glamping. The project is the brainchild of Los Angeles entrepreneur Charlie Hammond, who created a pilot micro-cabin in collaboration with US firm Narrative Design Studio.

"The luxury micro-cabins offer an unparalleled setting for remote work or simple leisure, allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature while staying connected to the modern world," said Find Sanctuary.

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