This tiny home makes a big impact with a small footprint

February 16, 2022 by  
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Whether you’re looking for a tiny home,  cabin , study space or meditation hut, the newest design by Hello Wood Studio fits the bill. Dubbed Wauhaus, the structure is perched on a hillside, supported by irregular legs to elevate it off the ground. The surrounding countryside offers captivating views that match the tranquil  interior design  of the lodging.  Intended as a space to study, work or relax, Wauhaus resembles a treehouse in tiny home form. This escape invites visitors to peer through the huge façade window where they can observe  wildlife  or the changing seasons. The project was designed for  minimal site impact , with 20 square meters of space that can be used as a glamping accommodation or guest quarters. A ramp alongside the structure provides access to the door, making an easy transition from the notable natural incline of the hillside.  Related: Put this tiny home Cabin One anywhere Wauhaus is a tiny house with a big influence when it comes to connecting with nature. It not only rises above the ground but also the hustle and bustle of daily life, demanding a slower presence. The  minimalist  design serves as a template for anyone who may want their own Wauhaus by the lake, in the park or on their property. The cabin is covered with graphite gray larch planking while the interior is blanketed with natural birch wood on the walls, kitchen furniture, and sliding doors that separate the main space from the bathroom. Additional  wood  is seen in the oak flooring. The round windows add a playful dynamic while allowing in natural light and beautiful views.  Measuring just three feet wider than a standard shipping container, the idea of these  tiny homes  is to provide durable construction coupled with a connection to natural elements in a marriage intended to last decades.  With a small footprint, eco-friendly materials and versatile design, Hello Wood cabins can be a solution for long or short-term stays. Hello Wood says the company focus is motivated, “by a commitment to innovation, social responsibility, and quality of design.” Additionally, “Hello Wood’s buildings, cabins, and installations are primarily made of wood, and are not only functional or have artistic value, but also convey a social message.”   + Hello Wood Studio Images via Hello Wood Studio

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Solar off-grid cabins in Romania uses locally sourced timber

December 13, 2021 by  
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Canton House Romania by Marc Thorpe Design shows just how many options there are for going off-grid with cabins . The Canton House Romania project used solar panels, locally sourced timber and unique rooflines to create a trio of unique hotel cabins. Designer and architect Marc Thorpe takes a holistic systems thinking approach to architecture . Thorpe wanted to match the traditional architectural style of the Carpathian mountains while reflecting a modern aesthetic with these tiny hotel cabins. Related: ANNA is a stunning prefab cabin with off-grid potential The fact that they are a trio makes them even more beautiful. If you look at the profile, it has an angular triangular roofline that points to the sky , almost reminiscent of a church spire and yet completely modern . This is the result of an open collaborative design process that prioritizes listening to a broad set of client needs. When the Canton House cabins are viewed from the end, the viewer sees the more expected square roofline of a sleek, modern, off-grid cabin that is complete with heavy overhangs. Every side of the house is different. It’s an exploration in what off-grid cabins can be in technology and design. The cabins are completely covered in gray shingles on the outside, both walls and roof. Inside, however, a spacious living area and small kitchen with a passthrough complete one end of each cabin that exit to the outdoors via sliding glass door. While the other more private end has an ultra-modern bedroom with platform bed, recessed lighting and a large pane window. We love how much space has been fit into these tiny cabins in the interior through the careful use of storage and elevated ceilings. Check them out to get ideas for your off-grid solar cabin project. + Marc Thorpe Design Images via Marc Thorpe Design

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One of the largest CLT construction in the US is in Oregon

December 13, 2021 by  
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At the new First Tech Federal Credit Union Corporate Office designed by Hacker, people and nature are connected to each other. Every single element of the design was created to bridge the gap between humankind and the natural world. The whole idea was to blur the line between the inside of the building and the outside world. The building is 156,000 square feet, but it’s nearly hidden by the surrounding trees, creek and vast Hillsboro, Oregon landscape. The building has a mirrored façade that reflects the surrounding world. Related: Vertical farm building in China feeds 40,000 people Mass timber was used in a cross-laminated timber (CLT) structural system to create the large building, which is somewhat boomerang shaped. This creates a courtyard area in the curve that’s protected on two sides. There are also shallow terraces on the building, which further encourages interaction with the outside world. The building is LEED Gold Certified . It’s also one of the largest examples of CLT construction in the country. All the beams, columns and CLT were sourced and refined within 500 miles of the building site. The design includes floor-to-ceiling windows that offer views of the world outside. A park and creek surround three sides of the building. Little details and finishes mirror the natural world to create a more seamless connection between outside and in. All of the HVAC and electrical are hidden in the raised floor. The HVAC system is designed to provide clean indoor air. The interior space is made with an open design that creates an airy, uncluttered space. The open design allows natural light to flow through the space. There’s a kitchen and a lunchroom area adjacent to the courtyard. There’s also a coffee bar, a game room, training rooms and plenty of workspaces. The interior is done in a neutral color palette. The atrium is double-height and made with terraces for seating. The photovoltaic array on the roof creates renewable energy for the building. + Hacker Photography by Jeremy Bittermann

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