019 Cabin by ŠA Atelier

019 Cabin is a transportable modular retreat located in Lithuania, designed in 2019 by ŠA Atelier.

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The task was to create a transportable cabin that would be constructed in workshop and brought to site. This building had to be reproductive and be able to adapt to different contexts.

The search for a solution led us to the design of a modular system. The system defines a structure as a set of individual elements consisting of: columns, floors, walls, roof, etc. In such way the building can be transported in assembled or individual elements depending on the situation. Modular system allows to construct different sizes and configurations of the building.

At the base design stage it is unknown where the building will appear. The only known context is the climate elements such as sun, wind and water. As a result, the roof of the cabin looks like floating in the wind. It also protects the structure from the heat of the sun and has a shape that collects rainwater, pours it from one plane to another and exhibits water flow. The building adapts to natural terrain by standing on slender legs of variable heights.

The metal used in the construction and facade is non-colored, leaving a unique pattern created during its manufacturing process. This way, all modular cabins have slightly different facade graphics. Inside the metal shell lies a warm natural plywood finish.

The first cabin made its way to the lake island “Apple Island” in Lithuania with exceptional natural surroundings, characteristic terrain and native trees. This situation revealed the advantages of architecture: the site did not require local construction works, and the visually light volume of the building blended harmoniously into the unique natural landscape.

All interior components was designed individually for cabin. 23 sq.m holds program of two double bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom. This extensive function was made possible by transformable furniture. The folding glass door opens full width and interior expands to an outdoor terrace overlooking the lake.

Photography by Vaidotas Darulis

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- by Matt Watts