Off-grid cabins are the stylish way to ‘commune with nature’

We’ve seen the rise of off-grid cabins spring up all over the world, such as Unyolked in NSW and Victoria but this new offering from Marc Thorpe Design, Canton House – uses its architecture and design in an almost spiritual way.

So that your stay in nature becomes an almost religious experience as you switch off all technology to commune with nature.


Canton house—a boutique mountain retreat for the south-eastern region of Romania—located north of Bucharest in the Carpathian Mountains. The off-grid cabin experience is part of an adjacent hotel’s offering and is influenced by the Romanian vernacular of fully shingled wooden construction found mainly in the rural towers of religious architecture.

The cabins by Marc Thorpe design are grounded into the terrain and characterized by their low horizontal profile and sharp vertical triangulated roofline. The interiors are clad in finished plywood and offer the standard programmatic elements such as living, dining, kitchen, bath and bedroom, and a protected deck. The solar array which powers the cabins is located in an adjacent field next to the main hotel called Tara Luanei in an effort to maintain the integrity of the roofline. Each unit is powered by a 1800 w solar generator + 4 x 100w 12v mono solar panels.

The canton house cabins are a sustainable alternative to a traditional weekend retreat. They offer a perspective on living in harmony with nature and a humble vision of the future, suggesting less is responsible. The project is scheduled for construction in late 2021 and is available for enquiries.

Images by Marc Thorpe Design via Designboom


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