The front cover of Micro Green - Tiny Houses in Nature, featuring the Rolling Huts in Washington
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Mimi Zeiger's Micro Green is succinct but high on style. This mini monograph, subtitled 'Tiny Houses in Nature', is designed to appeal to everyone who has ever fantasised about a rural retreat, a weekend bolthole or even going the full Thoreau and ditching their urban existence for a cabin in the woods.

And what cabins. Featuring work by Olson Kundig Architects, Gianni Botsford, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter and many others (and with plenty of structures that'll be familiar to Wallpaper* readers), Micro Green serves up realistic doses of architectural aspiration that are very hard to resist.

The Polyhedron Habital, Bogotá D.C., Colombia

The Polyhedron Habital, Bogotá D.C., Colombia, 2009, by Manuel Villa with Alberto González...

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The geometric pod is designed to work in conjunction with its surroundings

... Facing a natural landscape, the geometric pod is designed to work in conjunction with its surroundings, which is a large backyard in a Bogotá suburb

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The Tiny Free House, Sacramento, California

The Tiny Free House, Sacramento, California, 2010, by Michael Janzen

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Coco Hut, Leiden

Coco Hut, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2009, by Gert Eussen

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Rolling Huts, Mazama, Washington

Rolling Huts, Mazama, Washington, 2007, by Olson Kundig Architects. The six huts are build on wheels, allowing them to leave little impact on their site

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Backwoods Skyscraper, Derby, Vermont

Backwoods Skyscraper, Derby, Vermont, 2010, by Derek and Dustin Diedricksen, who have built the 26 ft tall structure to accommdate three versatile levels of sleeping space

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Sunset Cabin, Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

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Sunset Cabin, Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, 2004, by Taylor Smith Architects. The modern cabin was actually built with a nod to an archetypal primitive hut, as described by 18th century Jesuit Abbé Marc-Antoine Laugier

Pavilion In A Garden, Sain-Germain-en-Laye

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Pavilion In A Garden, Sain-Germain-en-Laye, France, 2010, by FREAKS freearchitects. Built as a storage and office space for the late French photographer André Ostier's archive, the two-storey Pavilion is built on top of an existing 19th century garage

Chen House, Sanjhih, Taipei County, Taiwan

Chen House, Sanjhih, Taipei County, Taiwan, 2008, by Marco Casagrande and Frank Chen of C-Laboratory

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Bridge House, Adelaide, Australia

Bridge House, Adelaide, Australia, 2008, Max Pritchard Architect. Built atop a creek, the Bridge House has a prefabricated truss system that supports the house

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Jonathan Bell has written for Wallpaper* magazine since 1999, covering everything from architecture and transport design to books, tech and graphic design. He is now the magazine’s Transport and Technology Editor. Jonathan has written and edited 15 books, including Concept Car Design, 21st Century House, and The New Modern House. He is also the host of Wallpaper’s first podcast.