Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Hide Out in the Hills with this High Design Getaway

If DIY, salvaged material made, moss-covered Hobbit holes aren’t your thing, the VIPP Shelter might just be. VIPP is a Danish product design company best known for a pedal operated trash can (trust me, you’ve seen it). In their shelter they wanted to create a “plug-and-play getaway”–everything from the structure itself down to the linens has been designed by VIPP and is included in the purchase price. VIPP wants the owner to set up the, ahem, cabin and get relaxing ASAP without burden of choosing which door handle goes best with the moulding.


The first thing you’ll probably notice about the prefab, 55 sq m (592 sq ft) shelter is glass. It’s everywhere. On the two main walls. On the ceiling. The idea being to give the owner maximum exposure to nature. The next thing you might notice are dark colors: everything is swathed in some shade of black or grey. Again, the idea is to take focus away from the interior spaces and cast it outside. The whole thing sits on nine steel pillars to give the effect of levitating over the land it inhabits. 


The place is a marvel of industrial design, with every inch of the structure made of the highest quality materials installed to the tightest tolerances. The 1000 lbs+ glass windows glide along roller bearings in a discrete floor track. The ladder to the sleeping loft looks like it could support a Sherman tank. The walls are sheathed in 3mm felt to create womb like silence.

For a more leisurely tour showing all of the space’s features as well as an explanation why those features exist, take a look at the above Fair Companies video of the space.

Unlike the Hobbit hole, the VIPP structure cannot be purchase with leftover halloween candy and bellybutton lint. VIPP is charging €485K/$585K for the unit and says it’ll take six months to deliver and 4-5 days to install onsite. For those with more money than time, a deep affection for high modern design and a longing for nature, this could be a great deal. For more information or to place an order visit VIPP’s website.

HT Daid M.