Top 10 sustainable cabin designs of 2021


Living a sustainable and eco-responsible life in today’s ruined world has become imperative! And architects do their best to create structures that reduce their carbon footprint and encourage a sustainable, clean lifestyle. Houses, offices, hotels – almost all types of structures are being pushed towards the path of sustainable development. And why shouldn’t booths be included in this mix? We all enjoy a peaceful hideaway from time to time, and if we can do it in a sustainable style, then why not ?! And, we’ve curated some of our favorite sustainable cabin designs that not only take care of Mother Earth, but take our breath away as well! From a net zero energy cabin that brings the experience of the wilderness to city life, to a sustainable 40m² cabin built from recycled materials – these sustainable cabins will make your vacation the most. ecological possible!

1. Maison Nové Hamry weekend

The hut’s architectural CMF was inspired by the spruces that surround it, so there are plenty of shades of gray and dark green. Weekend House Nové Hamry has connection points for solar panels and vertical wind turbines to make it self-sufficient in energy. The roof and most of the exterior are covered with a durable aluminum cladding in an anthracite color. It looks like oiled black wood and adds to the minimal, modern and sleek aesthetic of the cabin. The area receives a lot of heavy snow, so to handle the load, the angular design also includes a steeply pitched roof. The structure is built from cross-laminated timber panels.

2. Huga

Developed from the Danish word Hyggee, Hüga was conceptualized, designed and built over a period of 24 months, during which the Grandio design team was able to produce a 45 m2 residence with space for a bedroom, living room , a bathroom, a kitchen and a dining room. The end results are these hüga units which are constructed of reinforced concrete and designed for minimal maintenance as well as lowering your energy costs. These compact homes can withstand all climates and adverse conditions including earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes. Hüga homes are also mobile and modular, so much so that you can expand your plan house in just one day. Weighing around 55 tons, Hüga requires a crew and machinery for transportation, but can be placed according to the preferences of the potential resident.

3. System 00

Each cabin “system” is prefabricated in a flatbed configuration that can be assembled by hobbyist or professional builders depending on the model. System 00 is described as Backcountry’s “Essential A-Frame Shelter”. Stocked only with the essentials, the System 00 measures 10’x10 ‘and has been designed to accommodate living spaces such as a single bedroom with room for a bunk bed, a yoga meditation studio or a space open to work on art. The smallest backcountry chalet, the System 00 was designed to be self-assembled by a team of four to five builders in one week. Requiring no heavy machinery, the System 00 is the only cabin in the Backcountry catalog that does not require a building permit.

4. Gawthorne’s hut

Gawthorne’s Hut is set on a large piece of Wilgowrah farmland, right next to a small picturesque pond. The Little House grew out of Wilgowrah’s desire to introduce the possibilities of alternative sources of income for farm workers. Designed in a form similar to other farm structures such as hay sheds and outhouses, Gawthorne’s Hut’s 30-degree roof houses a set of north-facing solar panels to provide the farm with internal and external electrical power. .

5. Hemmelig room

Calling the bookworm oasis Hemmelig Room, or “secret room” in Norwegian, Studio Padron built the entire little hut from disused mature oak trees that were felled during the construction of the main house. From the outside, the Hemmelig room rediscovers a geometric structure covered with blackened wood. After the process of building the main house, the felled oaks were cut into large rectangular log sections which were left to dry for several years before building the Hemmelig room.

6. Town hut

Located in one of Seattle’s most established residential neighborhoods is the “City Cabin”. Jim Olson, the co-founder of acclaimed architecture studio Olson Kundig, designed this urban retreat for a longtime friend who absolutely adored his cabin in Puget Sound. Jim had worked on this cabin since the age of 18 and she insisted that this should be the inspiration behind her future home. She also wanted to capture the feel of an unfettered and beautiful forest that lingered in and around the house. Jim said. And City Cabin is a true reflection of this!

7. Canton House

Keen not to disturb the wooded landscape of the area and to maintain the hut’s initial off-grid aspirations, Marc Thorpe equipped each hut hotel with a solar kit and a roof to ensure the hut has enough renewable energy for electricity. Each solar kit comes with an 1800W solar generator to provide backup power to the four 100W 12V mono solar panels that line the roofs of the cabins. Inside, guests enjoy a minimalist interior lined and finished in plywood. Built as additional retreats for guests at the region’s main hotel, Tara Luanei, Canton House offers a respite from nature that’s unique to the Carpathian Mountains.

8. Ohariu

Ohariu was built by First Light Studio and Build Tiny from a brief call from a customer, “a refined hiking lodge on wheels”. This is the code to hike, for all of us Americans. Since the cottage would be primarily used for hiking and outdoor travel, Ohariu was designed to be adaptable and versatile above all else. Inside, the living spaces are described by the architects of First Light Studio as “a piece of furniture larger and very detailed than a traditional house construction, the layout [focusing] on the things that are important and necessary. Responding to casual family necessities and pastimes, the tiny home features a modular, multi-functional design surrounded by creamy poplar plywood walls and silver accessories that add a touch of sophistication to an otherwise bare interior.

9. The corner

Bursting with handcrafted goods and artwork from local artisans and artists, The Nook was designed to bring the handcrafted touch of the old world to the modern era. Described as a ‘collection of stories’, Bellême designed The Nook to tie her personal story to the surrounding forest and the architecture of the cabin. The tiny cabin is built from a collection of locally felled trees that Bellême memorized during a five-year stay in the Appalachian woods, during which he learned primitive building skills like creating a hand-split log path that leads to the main entrance to The Nook.

10. Kynttilä

This cabin is built on Lake Saimaa and sits right on the edge of lush woods and endless serene water. The prefabricated cabin only takes one day to assemble. The Helsinki-based architecture firm constructed Kynttilä from cross-laminated timber (CLT) with the exteriors featuring a larch cladding. CLT is a wonderfully eco-friendly building material that offers high strength and structural simplicity for profitable buildings. It has a much lighter environmental footprint than concrete or steel. CLT is also faster to install, reduces on-site construction waste, improves thermal performance, with light handling tasks, making it better for health and safety, and is versatile enough to be molded to different designs.


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