Architects have long loved the concept of the cabin. There's the chance it offers to build on plots that would otherwise be impossible on a larger scale. Then there's the opportunity to explore new design directions in miniature form - like Le Corbusier and his Cabanon in Marseilles, which became a template for his dictum on minimal living. And, course, there's the sheer escapism attached to a mini retreat in some far off wilderness.

Today, the popularity of the cabin shows no sign of abating. Here, we take you on an interactive tour of five new designs - some created as architects' own homes, others for private clients - spanning all the way from the Italian Dolomites to a forest in Massachusetts.

Houl, scotland
See more of The Houl by Simon Winstanley Architects in Scotland

alpine barn
See more of Alpine Barn by EXiT Architetti Associati in Italy

Chilmark
See more of Chilmark Guest House by Charles Rose Architects in Massachusetts

normandy
See more of Normandy House by Beckmann-N'Thépé in France

Summer cabin
See more of Wood Cabin by Atelier St