|Title||Rock the Shack: the Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs||Posted in||Book||Editor||S. Ehmann, S. Borges|
|Publisher||Gestalten Verlag||Format||24 x 30 cm||Details|
If luxury is to possess and enjoy rare pleasures, then in today’s high-paced, urban societies a simple lifestyle in connection with nature may very well be the rarest luxury of them all. This is the conclusion of the introductory essay found in the book Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs, written by the book’s co-editor, Sofia Borges. Filled with all sorts of quirky small houses, rural pavilions, tree-houses and the like, Rock the Shack, which was published in 2013 by Gestalten, documents a kind of rural revival, where fatigued city denizens decided to build isolated retreats away from their urban homes as a way of getting back in touch with a more natural, calmer way of living.
While some of the designs are more experimental than others (an example being a spiral inhabitable sculpture-cum-auditorium on the top of an Alpine mountain in Switzerland), they all share a certain bareness and refined primitiveness — a roughness even, that according to co-editor Borges results from a constant search for the barely minimum requirements for living, as well as an intentional ‘‘exposure to the elements and hazards of nature’’. Organised in thematic groups based on the topographical surroundings of each project (land, forest, mountain and water), Rock the Shack is a pleasure to leaf through, not only for the sheer innovation and originality of the designs contained within, but also for the way in which it poses the question: of all the possessions and amenities we have learned to live with, isn’t there a lot we could do without?