Do you ever wish you could plant some magic beans and climb up the enchanted stalk to some remote and safe paradise in the sky (one not inhabited by hungry giants?) Rock the Shack, a new book from Gestalten, explores the architecture of such urges labeling them Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs. Over a span of 240 full color 24×30 cm pages, the book, edited by S. Ehmann and S. Borges, honors the Country Mouse’s take on things. “Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear,” states the moral from the classic Aesop’s fable, the Country Mouse and the City Mouse — ratifying the instinctual urge to find a safe hideaway in a beautiful place out in the country. The architects and owners of the abodes from the forests of Japan to the outskirts of Germany have really done everything they can to get lost in the Golden Forest… that is getting as close to nature as possible while still receiving shelter under a roof that protects from the wrath of the elements. Check out the gallery below for a mind altering look at a few very lucky people’s dreamscapes — from treehouses and cabins unto realms that you hadn’t thought existed. Pick up the book at Gestalten for $60.

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