Ever since Henry David Thoreau’s described his two years, two months, and two days of cabin existence at Walden Pond, Massachusetts in Walden, or, Life in the Woods (1854), the idea of a refuge dwelling has seduced the modern psyche. In the past decade, as our material existence and environmental footprint has grown exponentially, architects around the globe have become particularly interested in the possibilities of the minimal, low-impact, and isolated abode.
This new TASCHEN title, combining insightful text, rich photography and bright, contemporary illustrations by Marie-Laure Cruschi, explores how this particular architectural type presents special opportunities for creative thinking. In eschewing excess, the cabin limits actual spatial intrusion to the bare essentials of living requirements, while in responding to its typically rustic setting, it foregrounds eco-friendly solutions. As such, the cabin comes to showcase some of the most inventive and forward-looking practice of contemporary architecture, with Renzo Piano, Terunobu Fujimori, Tom Kundig and many fresh young professionals all embracing such distilled sanctuary spaces.
Cabins by Philip Jodidio, lllustrations by Marie-Laure Cruschi, Hardcover, 24.2 x 31.7 cm, 464 pages, Published by TASCHEN
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The project is located in Krokskogen forests, outside the town of Hønefoss. Its location on a steep slope gives a fantastic view over the Steinsfjorden. The site is very exposed to the wind and the cabin is shaped to create several outdoors spaces that provide shelter from the wind and sun at different times of day. The interior is a continuous space finished in curved 4mm birch plywood. The curved walls and ceilings form continuous surfaces, while the geometry defines the different functional zones. These zones are also created by the floor that follows the terrain and divides the plan into four main levels. The transition between levels create different steps, sitting and lying down places.
Cabin, Norderhov, Norway, by Atelier Oslo
Photography by Lars Petter Pettersen
Geometry Stool is composed of a half split log of Japanese cypress and a copper round rod. The copper round rod acts as a joint for connecting each half split log, therefore the tangent point of two different materials where logically meet in section has generated geometrical configuration.
Geometry Stool, by Koichi Futatsumata
Photography by Hiroshi Mizusaki
The Balint House is a two-storey dwelling with a sinous elliptical shape. The volume is placed leaving as much free surface as possible towards the southern edge of the plot for it to be used as a garden, while the lateral limits are blurred with vegetation. The other elements that compose the urbanization resemble the curved nature of the place’s topography. Accordingly, a crescent-shaped swimming pool shadows the structure itself, while the surrounding garden echoes the shape as well.
Balint House, Valencia, Spain, by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Photography by Diego Opazo
In order to express the openness which is the most distinctive feature of Firefox OS, Tokujin captured the beauty of mechanicals inside and incorporated to the design. Apart from arranging its external, this is transparent and futuristic design expressing from its inside.
Transparent Smartphone Fx0 by Tokujin Yoshioka for the Japanese mobile phone brand au by KDDI
The collection is available in a range of powder-coated colour finishes and consists of a set of three enormous cone-shapes – well over a metre in width or height. Based on the most basic of geometrical shapes – the cone – all three are super-sized, pushing the limits of manufactured, spun aluminium, yet fitting through a normal doorframe.
w151 Lamp Collection, by Claesson Koivisto Rune, for Wästberg
The arrival at House B+B – the access to the social area – is through an architectural trajectory, via an open ramp, located on the eastern side of the construction. This space is protected by hollowed-out concrete elements to the side, which create surprising effects of light and end up functioning as protection from bad weather conditions. It is an interstitial space between the protected inside of the construction and the open garden. The ramp, long and smooth, extends the transition from interior to exterior creating the constant sensation of environment changing. This solution was vastly used by Brazilian modernism, which consecrated the radical use of ramps as a way of vertical circulation while reaffirming the Corbusian precepts of architectural promenade.
Limited views and access to the garden resulted in the rooms beings dark, and thus the clients main request was to transform this house into a light-filled open plan contemporary home. A framework of steel columns and beams surround the entrance while louvered planes conceal the four garages and floating roofs. It’s as if each plane whether wall, roof or floor has been intentionally treated differently either in material, texture or colour creating a unique entrance design.
By incorporating large glass sliding doors Werner van der Meulen ensured that just about every room has direct access onto the garden while the double volume living spaces and high level windows add a dimension of spaciousness to this predominantly single storey house. The inclusion of a new study located on the first floor allowed for the staircase to become an architectural feature in the home, built as a mezzanine overlooking the garden and family room. Framed by grey tinted glass, the steel staircase fluidly yet privately connects the study to the living room below.
Indoor /outdoor and open plan living is a trademark that Nico van der Meulen Architects for many years, and this is most often achieved with extensive use of glass and steel throughout their designs. As is the case with House Sar, making use of expanses of glass ensures maximized views of the garden all the while allowing natural light and ventilation to flood the rooms. The lanai overlooks both swimming pool and water feature creating a contemporary landscape to compliment this modern home.
House Sar, Johannesburg, South Africa, by Nico van der Meulen Architects
Pen Store is a new retail space that behaves like a shop, a gallery, an atelier and a supplier warehouse – a new brand experience, designed by Form Us With Love. With the aim to provide a long sought after creative hub for local studios and pen loving people, the Pen Store has become the place to gather and share ideas of sketching, drawing and writing, using the best materials on the market.
Pen Store, by Form Us With Love
Photos by Jonas Lindström
Created in the 1950′s by danish designers Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, the woven chair, made from oak, is offered in its ‘original’ version and in an outdoor adaptation. The traditional Ditzel chair has hand-braided wicker, while the outdoor version is made from artificial fiber and teak to protect against the elements. The ‘basket chair’ is accompanied with custom cushion fabrics that are also designed by Nanna Ditzel, who has been coined the ‘queen of Danish design’.
Basket Chair, by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, Edited by Kettal