Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins

Denise Hopkins is an architect with a serious and long-term love of nature, modern design, health, food, and wine. When she’s not designing, gardening, or out exploring nature, she’s writing about the incredible power of our natural world in design. 


Flathead Lake Cabin

On a perch overlooking Flathead Lake—one of the largest freshwater lakes in the U.S.—there’s a stunning cabin masquerading as a tree house.

The Lake Cottage

It looks like something out of a fairy tale, but this two-story A-frame cottage is quite real.

The Aluminum Cabin

While aluminum might not be the first material that comes to mind when building a cabin, turns out it makes for some stunning architecture—even in the middle of a Norwegian wilderness.

Tongabezi Tree House

Floating over the Zambezi River in Zambia, built around four ebony trees, and tucked into a basalt riverbank, this tree house exceeds expectations.

Case Inlet Retreat

Burrowed into a bluff overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, this private family retreat sits within a lush forest just south of Seattle.

The Bird's Nest

Attention bird lovers and tree house aficionados. This shelter lets you truly disappear into the forest.

Hide Away in the Wisconsin Woods

The designers of this cabin had to contend with a limited budget and a hilly, wooded site, but they still managed to create a stunning, environmentally-friendly retreat.

Casa da Praia do Felix

In this leggy structure high in the Brazilian treetops, your cares (including your phone and laptop) must be left on the ground.