Norwegian architect Espen Surnevik has taken the age-old concept adopted by civilisations throughout history and flipped it into a modern minimalist home.

Inspired by common forest fire lookout towers and late Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson, Surnevik's designs will delight monochrome fans with their simple yet accommodating look.

Commissioned by PAN-Tretopphytter (Norwegian for treetop cabins) and located in the Norwegian forest of Finnskogen, these A-frame cabins provide privacy and solitude with breathtaking views of the surroundings. Made from black oxidized zinc and steel each cabin sits eight metres above ground, with steel legs driven six metres into the earth to withstand the harsh winter conditions.

Accessible by a shielded spiral staircase tower, each cabin is around 40 square meters in size and can sleep up to six people. The cabins also feature timber interiors made from local products and come with electric heating in the floors, a fireplace, small kitchen, toilet and shower.

These cabins are a spectacular architectural feat and should be on your list of places to stay if you ever make it to Norway. More information about prices and length of stay can found here.