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Shack up in style: 13 of the world's most remarkable miniature hideaways

Since the dawn of time, humans have built shelters in the wilderness to protect them from storms and dangers lurking in the dark. Society may have changed, but the yearning persists -- with urbanites in particular seeking to escape the stresses of city life and rekindle their connection with nature. <!-- -->
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</br>Increasingly, these little hideouts have evolved from simple shacks to sophisticated examples of ultra-compact architecture. Some of the most exquisite of these are featured in <a href='http://usshop.gestalten.com/rock-the-shack.html' target='_blank'>Rock the Shack</a>, a new book spanning the world of beautiful bolt-holes, classy cabins and luxurious lairs. <!-- -->
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</br><i>Squish Studio, Canada</i><!-- -->
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</br>This sharp-edged studio in a breathtaking location in Canada's Newfoundland is part of a small artist community where painters, filmmakers, sculptors and other creators are chosen to spend between two weeks and four months. It's the brainchild of architect <a href='http://www.saunders.no/' target='_blank'>Todd Saunders</a>, who wanted the buildings to act as beacons on the coastline: "I wanted the studios to be punctuations in the landscape." <!-- -->
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</br>There is poetry in the simplicity of the design coupled with the dramatic landscape, and one of the most prominent features is a large glass door: " I wanted artists to feel that when they are walking toward the studio, all they can see is a door into a new world" says Saunders. <!-- -->
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</br><i>Words by </i><strong><i><a href='https://twitter.com/M_Veselinovic' target='_blank'>Milena Veselinovic </a></i></strong>

Since the dawn of time, humans have built shelters in the wilderness to protect them from storms and dangers lurking in the dark. Society may have changed, but the yearning persists -- with urbanites in particular seeking to escape the stresses of city life and rekindle their connection with nature.

Increasingly, these little hideouts have evolved from simple shacks to sophisticated examples of ultra-compact architecture. Some of the most exquisite of these are featured in Rock the Shack, a new book spanning the world of beautiful bolt-holes, classy cabins and luxurious lairs.

Squish Studio, Canada

This sharp-edged studio in a breathtaking location in Canada's Newfoundland is part of a small artist community where painters, filmmakers, sculptors and other creators are chosen to spend between two weeks and four months. It's the brainchild of architect Todd Saunders, who wanted the buildings to act as beacons on the coastline: "I wanted the studios to be punctuations in the landscape."

There is poetry in the simplicity of the design coupled with the dramatic landscape, and one of the most prominent features is a large glass door: " I wanted artists to feel that when they are walking toward the studio, all they can see is a door into a new world" says Saunders.

Words by Milena Veselinovic