Micro-Architecture: 40 Big Ideas for Small Cabins

Micro-Architecture: 40 Big Ideas for Small Cabins, Courtesy of Klein

Courtesy of Klein

© Markus Bollen© Leonardo Finotti© Gori Salvà© Nicolai Rapp+ 81

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 36 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)

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© Nicolai Rapp

© Nicolai Rapp
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Floor Plan

Diogene / Renzo Piano (7.5m2)

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© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo
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Exploded Axonometric

Exploded Axonometric

The Treehouse / Wee Studio (8m2)

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© RoadsideAlien Studio

© RoadsideAlien Studio
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Floor Plan

Antoine / BUREAU A (9m2)

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© Dylan Perrnound

© Dylan Perrnound
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Section

Studentboende: Student Unit / Tengbom (10m2)

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© Bertil Hertzberg

© Bertil Hertzberg
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Floor Plan

Viking Seaside Summer House / FREAKS Architecture (12m2)

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© Jules  Couartou

© Jules Couartou
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Floor Plan

The Cabin / JAN TYRPEKL (12.5m2)

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© Antonin Matejovski

© Antonin Matejovski
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Floor Plans

Floor Plans

Slice / Saunders Architecture (15m2)

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Charred Cabin / DRAA (15m2)

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© Felipe Camus

© Felipe Camus
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Floor Plan

Ecologic Pavilion In Alsace / Studio 1984 (15m2)

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Courtesy of Studio 1984

Courtesy of Studio 1984
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Section – Plan

DD16 / BIO-architects (16m2)

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© Vlad Mitichev

© Vlad Mitichev
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Floor Plan

A45 / BIG (17m2)

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Courtesy of Klein

Courtesy of Klein
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Floor Plan

Permanent Camping / Casey Brown Architecture (18m2)

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© Rob Brown

© Rob Brown
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Section

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

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Courtesy of SO?
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Section

Rolling Huts / Olson Kundig (18.6m2)

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© Tim Bies

© Tim Bies
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Floor Plan

Floor Plan

The Truffle / Ensamble Estudio (25m2)

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© Roland Halbe

© Roland Halbe
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Floor Plans

Cabanas no Rio / Aires Mateus (26m2)

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© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido
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Floor Plan

KODA / Kodasema (26.8m2)

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©Paul Kuimet

©Paul Kuimet
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Floor Plans

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

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© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
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Floor Plans

Floor Plans

Portable House ÁPH80 / Ábaton Arquitectura (27m2)

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© Juan Baraja

© Juan Baraja
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Floor Plan

MIMA Light / MIMA Architects (27m2)

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© Jose Campos

© Jose Campos
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Floor Plan

Knapphullet / Lund Hagem (30m2)

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© Kim Muller

© Kim Muller
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Site Plan

Site Plan

Thoreau’s Cabin / cc-studio (35m2)

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© John Lewis Marshall

© John Lewis Marshall
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Floor Plan

Floor Plan

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

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Floor Plan

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

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© Djan Chu

© Djan Chu
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Floor Plans

Treehouse Solling / baumraum (37m2)

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© Markus Bollen

© Markus Bollen
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Floor Plan

Tower Studio / Saunders Architecture (37.7m2)

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© Bent René Synnevág

© Bent René Synnevág
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Section

Escondido / Alberto Kalach (38.8m2)

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Courtesy of Alberto Kalach

Courtesy of Alberto Kalach
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Floor Plan – Section

Quebrada House / UNarquitectura (40m2)

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© Natalia Vial

© Natalia Vial
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Floor Plan

Floor Plan

Summerhouse T / Krupinski/Krupinska Arkitekter (40m2)

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© Äke E:son Lindman

© Äke E:son Lindman
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Floor Plan

Floor Plan

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

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© Gaudenz Danuser

© Gaudenz Danuser
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Section

MINIMOD Catuçaba / MAPA (42m2)

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© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti
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Floor Plan

Treehouse Riga / Appleton & Domingos (44m2)

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© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
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Floor Plan

Garden House / Caspar Schols (45m2)

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© Jorrit't Hoen

© Jorrit’t Hoen
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Elevation

Elevation

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

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© Jesse  Kouroiwa

© Jesse Kouroiwa
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Exploded Axonometric

Exploded Axonometric

Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan (48.8m2)

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© Jackie Meiring

© Jackie Meiring
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Floor Plans

Floor Plans

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

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© Gori Salvà

© Gori Salvà
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Floor Plan

Floor Plan

The VIPP Shelter / VIPP (55m2)

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Courtesy of Vipp

Courtesy of Vipp
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Floor Plans

Floor Plans

Eyrie Houses / Cheshire Architects (58m2)

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© Jeremy Toth

© Jeremy Toth
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Floor Plan

Floor Plan

Moonlight Cabin / Jackson Clements Burrows (60m2)

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© Jeremy Weihrauch

© Jeremy Weihrauch
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Floor Plan

Floor Plan

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