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Every writer suspects that their prose would be that much better if they only had a studio retreat, where they could close off the world and let their great words of destiny flow unhindered by distraction or the prosaic surroundings of a hollow-core door or Ikea bookshelf. And perhaps canoeists imagine that their paddling and navigation and general canoery would be that much better if they only had the right boathouse. Well, on Westport Island, Maine, architects Cheng + Snyder spun these fantasies into a sturdy, simple, but flawless reality.

The Writer’s Block 1, located at the mouth of the Sheepscott River, is a clever 190 square feet, with a hidden canoe vault whose top serves as a workspace and bed. The interior ribs double as shelves for books and other writerly detritus. A corner swings out, clamshell-style, to reveal the hidden entrance. And it’s mostly just two by eights and plywood. From such simple materials, great writing and canoeing can no doubt spring.

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite. To see more weekend cabins, visit the Weekend Cabin channel page.


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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.