Micro-Architecture: 40 Big Ideas for Small Cabins

Micro-Architecture: 40 Big Ideas for Small Cabins

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In spite of their apparent simplicity, small cabins have always been a welcome design challenge in which scale, materiality and habitability must be resolved in order to take maximum advantage of minimal spaces. Perhaps the most famous exercise in cabin design, the Le Corbusier-designed 16m2 cabanon was a container of ideas in which the Swiss architect explored the "modulor"-- an understanding of the fundamentality of human scale. In the ensuing half-century, many prominent architects have ventured into cabin design both experimentally and at a primitive level, especially as a small refuge in harmony within a natural context.

We have selected 40 small cabin designs from around the world that explore different types of solutions according to context and programmatic needs. 

Micro Courtyard House / Atelier Kaiser Shen (7m2)

© Nicolai Rapp
Floor Plan

Diogene / Renzo Piano (7.5m2)

© Julien Lanoo
Exploded Axonometric

The Treehouse / Wee Studio (8m2)

© RoadsideAlien Studio
Floor Plan

Antoine / BUREAU A (9m2)

© Dylan Perrnound

Studentboende: Student Unit / Tengbom (10m2)

© Bertil Hertzberg
Floor Plan

Viking Seaside Summer House / FREAKS Architecture (12m2)

© Jules Couartou
Floor Plan

The Cabin / JAN TYRPEKL (12.5m2)

© Antonin Matejovski
Floor Plans

Slice / Saunders Architecture (15m2)

Charred Cabin / DRAA (15m2)

© Felipe Camus
Floor Plan

Ecologic Pavilion In Alsace / Studio 1984 (15m2)

Courtesy of Studio 1984
Section - Plan

DD16 / BIO-architects (16m2)

© Vlad Mitichev
Floor Plan

A45 / BIG (17m2)

Courtesy of Klein
Floor Plan

Permanent Camping / Casey Brown Architecture (18m2)

© Rob Brown

Cabin on the Border / SO? Architecture&Ideas (18m2)

Courtesy of SO?

Rolling Huts / Olson Kundig (18.6m2)

© Tim Bies
Floor Plan

The Truffle / Ensamble Estudio (25m2)

© Roland Halbe
Floor Plans

Cabanas no Rio / Aires Mateus (26m2)

© Nelson Garrido
Floor Plan

KODA / Kodasema (26.8m2)

©Paul Kuimet
Floor Plans

Tree Snake Houses / Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade (27m2)

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Floor Plans

Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura (27m2)

© Juan Baraja
Floor Plan

MIMA Light / MIMA Architects (27m2)

© Jose Campos
Floor Plan

Knapphullet / Lund Hagem (30m2)

© Kim Muller
Site Plan

Thoreau's Cabin / cc-studio (35m2)

© John Lewis Marshall
Floor Plan

Slow Cabins (TM) in Belgium / Xavier Leclair (36m2)

Floor Plan

Box House / Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato (36m2)

© Djan Chu
Floor Plans

Treehouse Solling / baumraum (37m2)

© Markus Bollen
Floor Plan

Tower Studio / Saunders Architecture (37.7m2)

© Bent René Synnevág

Escondido / Alberto Kalach (38.8m2)

Courtesy of Alberto Kalach
Floor Plan - Section

Quebrada House / UNarquitectura (40m2)

© Natalia Vial
Floor Plan

Summerhouse T / Krupinski/Krupinska Arkitekter (40m2)

© Äke E:son Lindman
Floor Plan

Refugi Lieptgas / Georg Nickisch + Selina Walder (40m2)

© Gaudenz Danuser

MINIMOD Catuçaba / MAPA (42m2)

© Leonardo Finotti
Floor Plan

Treehouse Riga / Appleton & Domingos (44m2)

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Floor Plan

Garden House / Caspar Schols (45m2)

© Jorrit't Hoen

Colorado Outward Bound Micro Cabins / University of Colorado Denver (48m2)

© Jesse Kouroiwa
Exploded Axonometric

Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan (48.8m2)

© Jackie Meiring
Floor Plans

House Prototype / Luis Roldan Velasco + Ángel Hevia Antuña (50m2)

© Gori Salvà
Floor Plan

The VIPP Shelter / VIPP (55m2)

Courtesy of Vipp
Floor Plans

Eyrie Houses / Cheshire Architects (58m2)

© Jeremy Toth
Floor Plan

Moonlight Cabin / Jackson Clements Burrows (60m2)

© Jeremy Weihrauch
Floor Plan
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Cite: Diego Hernández. "Micro-Architecture: 40 Big Ideas for Small Cabins" 02 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/896926/micro-architecture-40-big-ideas-for-small-cabins> ISSN 0719-8884

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