Urban Retreats: Secluded Spaces Hidden in Cities


We don’t know about you, but every once in a while this big city of ours starts to feel a little oppressive. All those big buildings leaning in on one another, all those swarms of people everywhere you look — it can get a little tiring. So when we need an urban retreat, we will daydream about living in one of these nifty little houses, tucked away in corners or on roofs, slipped into the spaces between buildings. Take a peek at a few lovely urban retreats we’d love to, well, retreat to after the jump, and let us know if we’ve missed your hidden favorite in the comments.

Tank House, New York City. Designed by Messana O’Rorke. [via]

Urban treehouse, Santa Monica. [via]

The Hidden House, London. Designed by Teatum+Teatum to utilize the leftover space between two buildings. [via]

Living Roof, an ecological urban capsule retreat by adNAU. [via]

A grad student’s mobile egg house, Beijing. [via]

This West Village townhouse, built by architect Matthew Baird, sports a giant metal panel to shield itself from the world around. [via]

Hut-on-a-Roof, London. Designed by hût architecture. [via]

Grove Court, a secret enclave in Greenwich Village, built in the mid-1800s. [via]

LoftCube, Berlin. Designed by Werner Aisslinger. [via]

But of course: the Cape Cod House, in NYC’s East Village. [via]