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Into the wild

This self-initiated project began with a simple question; how could a small cabin be built in an extremely remote and isolated area, in the middle of a mountain forest for example?

The construction materials would need to be light enough to carry to site. And the design would need to be buildable with only hand tools. This was the starting point for the development of our cabin design.

Light and thin

We based the form of the cabin on a sphere. Double curved shapes like this mean the structure can be very thin and light but still strong - like an egg shell.

Then we decided to condense the sequential layers of normal buildings - structure, insulation, waterproofing, cladding, internal finishes - with flat-pack buiding blocks that can simply be assembled and stacked together on site. These contain all of the usual layers combined into a single unit.

In this way we were able to reduce the mass and volume of material required to an absolute minimum.

Part of the landscape

The exterior layer is a customisable facade which can be matched to suit the environment in which the cabin is placed. The original concept for the cabins, developed in partnership with Studio Fox James, was for the cabins to rest along a trails in the Cairngorms for hikers to encounter.

The interior is timber-lined and cosy with a central wooden stove, creating a human experience within the wilderness.

We are looking for the perfect location for a group of cabins to be situated. Please get in touch if you are interested in purchasing a single cabin, or series, to sit within your grounds.