A set of cables tethers Ofis Arhitekti's micro-sized cabin in place, atop Mount Kanin, Slovenia. The prefabricated structure serves as a shelter for intrepid climbers. Photo: Janez Martincic
BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
When it comes to building types bound up with fantasies of retreat and restoration, the non plus ultra has to be the cabin.
Le Corbusier's iconic 1951 Cabanon in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin may have long entered the architectural imagination as the archetype for minimal, away-from-it-all living, but a number of recently completed projects internationally show how there's plenty of creative mileage left in small-scale architecture for splendid isolation.
Boots mandatory. Rifle optional.
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Studio Padron's black-timber-clad Hemmelig Rom (Norwegian for 'secret room’), which functions as stand-alone guest room and library on the grounds of a holiday home in Upstate New York. Photo: Jason Koxvold
Geopolitical turbulence isn’t the half of it.
Factor in the increasing stress levels that attend modern urban life, not to mention winter and its vitamin-D-stripping cruelty, and you’d be forgiven for wanting to seek out some splendid isolation. Man, nature, and a whole lot of wood.
Three wooden bunks with a view: the pared-down interior of Ofis Arhitekti's super-small cabin on Mount Kanin in Slovenia, which had to be airlifted into place. Photo: Janez Martincic
Architectural grandee Le Corbusier understood how the simple life could achieved in built form when he designed his Cabanon – the minimal-is-beautiful, programmatically perfect holiday cabin on the Côte d’Azur, which, 65 years after its construction, still serves as a creative touchstone for micro architecture today. (The design process was, allegedly, diminutive too, taking under an hour.)
Swedish trio of architects Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune apply their creative skills not only in the designing of buildings, furniture, lighting and smaller objects, but also in the development of accompanying business processes.
Architonic met up with the multidisciplinary architecture and design studio to dip a toe into the nordic design landscape.
Mårten Claesson: Wood perhaps. After all, we are from Scandinavia. We are pretty accustomed to working with wood. It has a kind of warmth.
Eero Koivisto: I am a little bit excited about concrete right now. I like that it is a very plastic material that allows you to create different shapes.