Some people like to read books in cafes, or on the tube while commuting to work. Others like to read them in the quietest place they can find, somewhere that allows them to fully immerse themselves in the words without having the magic diluted by noise.

If you’re one of those people then you’re going to love this secluded library retreat in the woods of New York State. It’s designed by US firm Studio Padron and it’s called the Hemmelig Rom (that’s Norwegian for “secret room” by the way). The 200 square meter black cabin is made from oak, and inside there’s a bed, an armchair, a desk, and even a wood-burning stove to keep you cozy while you curl up with a novel plucked from the book-lined shelves that surround you.

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Hemmelig Rom or “secret room” is a secluded private library in upstate New York

It’s made from oak trees and surrounded by oak trees

The gaps between the oak logs inside form the bookshelves

A wood-burning stove keeps you cozy while you curl up with a novel


Wouldn’t you love to spend a night there?