Tiny Green Cabin Made from Timber and Scavenged Materials

Invisible Studio built this mobile micro home at its woodland studio near Bath, England, for just £20,000, thanks to the use of salvaged materials and locally grown timber. The UK architecture office built the 40-square-metre gabled structure called Trailer out of unseasoned timber sourced the woodland surrounding its studio, as well as materials saved from construction waste. “The project aims to provide a super low cost, versatile, useable space that could act as a kit of parts for any self builder to improvise around or easily adapt,” said Piers Tayler, architect and founder of Invisible Studio. “While conceived as a domestic space, it could easily function as a workspace or something else.”

Trailer is designed so it can be legally transported on Britain’s roads. A wheeled bogie was used to tow the base of the structure into place, then slid out from under the steel frame and used to transport prefabricated timber frames to the woodland site. At both gable ends interlocking polycarbonate panels allow natural light to fill the space, while window openings are cut into the longer sides and skylights set into the roof. The structure is clad in corrugated fibreglass and steel, and the interior is lined in sheets of pre-used shuttering plywood. The joinery, including the two ladders, are made from plywood offcuts. The corrugated material overhangs at either end, creating a sheltered porch where outdoor shoes can be left.

The structure is clad in corrugated fibreglass and steel, and the interior is lined in sheets of pre-used shuttering plywood. The joinery, including the two ladders, are made from plywood offcuts. The corrugated material overhangs at either end, creating a sheltered porch where outdoor shoes can be left. Two ladders give access to two sleeping platforms at either end of the home, one of which is accessed via a wooden walkway suspended over the main space. Great idea! And if you like such cozy cabins in a forest we recommend you to check our list of 15 coolest treehouses around the world.

Unique Complex for Work And Leisure on the Island of Flainevar, Norway

Up at the north end of Europe, off the coast of Norway, there is an archipelago of islands known as Fleinvaer. Amongst those tiny Arctic isles, far from the hustle and bustle of normal society, a cluster of cabins has been erected – called Fordypningsrommet. And you can rent them out. Equal parts isolated vacation getaway and artist colony, this unique grouping of structures actually functions as a larger whole, like a house separated into smaller parts. That means there are cabins for sleeping, one that houses a kitchen, and another for bathing. There’s even a sauna down at the base of the property on a dock over the calm cold waters of the Norwegian Sea. There are no nearby shops, no roads, and no predatory animals – just peace and relaxation. But don’t worry, you don’t have to brave it alone if you don’t want to, as guests are given the option to have a host (a personal guide and expert on the surrounding lands) accompany them on their trip. Pricing starts at $2,577. And don’t forget to check our list of 15 most creative wooden houses.