Commissioned by the Hofgut estate, these three cottages by Format Elf Architekten serve as contemporary getaways in the woods. Located in Bavaria, Germany, the resorts stand on countryside plots, where they are paired with a patio and picnic benches crafted from natural wood. The longhouses, or langhäuser, themselves are made in the form of colloquial pitched-roof barns and clad in black-stained timber. Each houses a full kitchen and bedroom suite within its sleek interior of brown, white, or gray.

Photography by Lothar Reichel

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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