Retreat Cabin

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For a minimum vacation lodge the client’s priority was that design emphasis should be given on aesthetics, function, longevity, energy solutions, and simplicity of construction technique. The cabin is located in a wilderness environment, therefore should allow visitors to enjoy consciously designed living and recreational spaces that facilitate interaction with the surrounding wilderness ecosystem.


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The solution is to be thoughtfully integrated aesthetically with the natural environment but at the same time be challenging with its own identity. There is no connection to the electrical grid available and all energy utilized shall be produced on site to provide basic electricity needs for limited refrigeration, lighting, and small appliances. Winter seasons are harsh with strong winds and a significant snow load. The conical roof geometry creates stack effect for a cool interior environment during the warm summer months. Solar panels are also installed on the roof for warm water and energy production. Rainwater is collected cleaned and reused for cleaning purposes. 

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Retreat Cabin Drawing 1

 The house is constructed out of large format wood panels prefabricated off site and assembles on site. The core unit is a polygon prism that contains all the above characteristics. It has the dimensions of a comfortable living area organized around the hearth. This single designed volume is scaled and rotated accordingly to create various possibilities for larger clusters of interconnected rooms based on the clients needs and location requirements. 

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Retreat Cabin Diagram 1

 A smaller scale unit has the minimum proportions to become a small dormitory, or a kitchen / bathroom unit. Another even smaller one could house a sauna, or a child’s room, further being able to accommodate other programs of different scales such as: a green house, a dog house or an observation deck.

Retreat Cabin Diagram 2

Wood panels at selected locations of the prism can be replaced by large framed glass windows in the cases of an alternative cluster orientation and configuration, to offer framed views towards the lake, the forest, or the sky.

Retreat Cabin Drawing 2

 The interior is free from mobile furniture. The minimum required is built in the volume’s wall structures to maximize the space and create a basic and simple atmosphere. The interlocking units create a cluster of private microcosms, through which to maximize interaction with nature. 

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Architect: LoT
Project Team: Leonidas Trampoukis, Eleni Petaloti, Tuomas Raikamo
Site Coverage: 1800m²
Total built area: 70m²
Project Year: 2012