Summer’s just around the corner — take a look at these five functional and sustainable housing units that provide direct access to nature.

This story was written by Jami Smith and originally appeared under the title 5 Outdoor Campers at Dwell, a Matador syndication partner.

1

Snug bug

Stationed an hour outside of Austin, Texas, reside these self-contained pop-up campers designed by Garrett Finney. Finney claims that his Cricket Trailers are "a portable adventure living space."
Photo by: Sarah Wilson

2

Platform living

One North Face tent sits atop a deck; another caps the main building, which contains a kitchen and dining area.
Photo by: Dean Kaufman

3

Swamp house

These steep pitches let snow slide off the roofs and create enough room inside for both designers and their families to stand up and stretch.

4

Airstream

This Airstream is tucked into the back garden of a Berkeley co-op. "Having a garden at my footsteps and chickens just over the fence make it feel peaceful and private," says architect and resident, Andreas Stavropoulos.
Photo by: Mark Compton

5

Carré d'Etoiles

The creators, Louis & Nathalie Blanco from France, are honing in on the lesser-exploited niche of hotel prefab—they describe the Carré d'Etoiles as "a new type of sustainable tourism by developing concepts combining accommodation that lets you get closer to nature, and high quality hotel services."

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