Skyli Trekking Cabin

Set along the trails of Iceland, the Skyli Trekking Cabin is a refuge for hikers from the harsh elements. The structure is comprised of four gabled roofs. Although it resembles a tent, this shelter is clad in a steel facade to protect you from the elements. A bright blue color makes it easily visible in the rugged landscape while also paying homage to the architecture of the country's capital. The interior is lined with cross-laminated timber and features enough fold-out beds for up to 15 people, water, power, and even emergency supplies. Beneath each peak, large triangular windows take advantage of the surrounding scenery. Its prefabricated design allows for materials to be easily transported by helicopter. Once they're delivered, the assembly can be completed in as little as a couple days.

Photos: Utopia

  • Ofis Modular Living Units

    Building on the structure they created for the top of Mount Kanin, Ofis Modular Living Units can be joined together to create a variety of structures. Their first use is as a temporary library at Slovenia's Ljubljana Castle, but their asymmetrical shape makes them suited for a variety of purposes. Most base units include beds and tables, while some offer kitchens and still others are nearly empty save for the light wood cladding that offsets the dark exteriors. Measuring just 4.5 meters long, 2.5 meters wide, and 2.7 meters high, they're easily transportable and suitable for use in a wide range of climates.

    Photos: Janez Martincic / OFIS Arhitekti

  • House JRv2

    Situated on the edge of a pond north of Poznan, Poland, House JRv2 uses its site's natural slope to its advantage. From the road, the larch-clad garage is nearly all that's visible, supported by a concrete structure underneath. Enclosed within the latter are two wings, one for the master bedroom, and another for the living, dining, and kitchen areas. A large deck connects the living area with the bedroom, while a guest bedroom is set off to the side, underneath the garage. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide plenty of natural light, as well as views of the surrounding water, trees, and fields.

    Photos: Tom Kurek / Studio de Materia

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