10 huts: from Mars to the Alps

A selection of mountain cabins, straw houses and living modules for seeking shelter on earth, and in space.

OPEN Architecture x Xiaomi’s MARS Case

Whether it’s on the roof of a building in Los Angeles or in the Canadian woods, these small huts perfectly fulfills their mission: to divert us from the city chaos and bring us back to a more essential dimension.

A mountaineers’ hut is born on the crests of the Alps

Designed in 2016 and built in three phases, the bivouac Luca Pasqualetti is now open to mountaineers following “forgotten" trails in the area. Located at an altitude of 3,280 meters and accessible only after several hours of walking, the Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti offers mountaineers a comfortable shelter in extreme weather.

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Living in a cabin. An interview with Marco Lavit Nicora

Tree houses and cabins in the midst of the wilderness are a form of refuge which is deeply rooted in the collective imagination. Realising its potential, the young architect Marco Lavit has dedicated a section of his studio, Atelier Lavit, to the design of these constructions, with a view to a contemporary re-interpretation.

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A minimal housing prototype to survive on Mars

Chinese studio OPEN Architecture designed a capsule that minimises the consumption of resources and reuses all kind of wastes. MARS Case is a minimal housing module – with dimensions of 2.4x2.4x2 meters – in which all the components and inflatable living spaces are easily foldable and transportable.

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New York. BIG designs tiny houses with a ‘hygge’ feel

BIG’s latest project focuses on minimal spaces, with a pitched-roof module that offers the typical Nordic comfort, wherever installed. A45 is a series of tiny houses designed by BIG in upstate New York that can be built within 4-6 months in any location, for any purpose.

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Bath. A house that travels on wheels

Designed to be easily carried anywhere, the Trailer (Equivalent #2) house designed by Invisible Studio was built with materials sourced from construction waste and locally-grown unseasoned timber. The structure was designed to be legally transported on public highways as a temporary or permanent accommodation.

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Los Angeles. Urban Cabin: a small adaptable house

In Los Angeles design Festival FreeLandbuck and Mini Living present a micro and chameleonic solution that adapts to the needs of the city. It is called “Urban Cabin” and is a continuous installation that travels in cities and is adapted by local architects.

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The Roof House by Sebastián Contreras Rodriguez becomes a shelter for children in Thailand

The Hua-Fai – Youth Center is located in the city of Mae Sot, north west of Thailand, on the border with Burma, in a land prone to floods. Chilean architect Sebastián Contreras Rodriguez was asked to design a number of dwellings following the Casa Techo (Roof House) emergency dwellings raised in Bogotá.

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Hello Wood Festival: Building an utopia

Cabin Fever is the title of the ninth edition of the Hello Wood festival, which this year brought together approximately 150 participants from 35 countries to construct 7 wooden cabins in the Hungarian countryside in the Lake Balaton area. Last summer, Domusweb editorial team was invited to Hungary to experience first-hand the atmosphere of the Hello Wood Festival, a community of constructors who design alternative futures.

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A tiny house in Canada

Designed by Studio North in Windermere, Canada, this wooden hut has been conceived to host birds (and also humans). Immersed in the tree canopy, the hut can accommodate two people, twelve varieties of birds, and whatever inquisitive critters that come by to visit. The materials, form, and orientation of the birdhut were designed to offer nesting opportunities for as wide a variety of local birds as possible.

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France. An Eco-hotel on the lake

The Eco-hotel by Atelier Lavit is located in the fishing reserve of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a few kilometres away from Avignon. It consists of ten units, huts unevenly scattered on the shores of the lake of La Lionne. Each suite establishes a specific relationship to the context: some are floating on the water, while others follow the typology of the palafitte.

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