Minimalist Scandinavian Design Cabins
Below I have collected four very different winter cabins, all representing different aspects of Scandinavian design. Architects have created these cabins with there own design ethos, and each is a fantastic contrast to the “traditional” winter cabin that we are used to.
The cabins below range from practically make-believe tree houses to a ski lodge that can only be reached on skis. I chose these four in particular because of the absolute originality of them all. It is hard to believe such extraordinary homes exist.
THE FOUR CORNERED-CABIN IN FINLAND
The first Scandinavian cabin is a quirky minimalistic cabin in remote Finland designed by architectures to have the least possible impact on nature.
The main idea behind the cabin was to create a sustainable home to contrast the normal Finnish cottage that is heated all year round to prevent its water pipes from freezing. The building is well insulated and heated, there is no running water and all the electricity is provided by the sun.
Vegetables and herbs are grown on the grounds and Vaskivesi Lake is a great place to catch pike. The cross like shape of the Villa reaches towards four different views, including a lake and a forest.
The position of each room has been cleverly chosen to suit the time of day. You get the morning light at the breakfast table, at midday in the dinning room and in the evening in the sitting room. There is never any direct light in the bedroom so that there is no need for curtains.
Double doors to the terrace are designed so that there are no internal and external limits giving the resident the option of a borderless home.
The exterior is all black to contrast the interior which is very light. The dark outside of the house means that it disappears when viewed in front of the lake.
NORWEGIAN SKI CABIN
Next is the utterly an unique winter cabin which has been built high up in a highly restricted Norwegian mountain range, Ål, and can only be reached by skis during the winter.
The Ål mountain range is superbly idyllic but notoriously inhospitable and restricted. The cabin’s shape is designed so that wind and snow move around the building preventing it from getting too cold and straining from the elements.
While still maintaining the look of a ski cabin the architects have designed the lodge roof that you can ski over. Packed into this limited space is an impressive total of four rooms.
NORDIC TREE HOUSE HUTS
In contrast to the hidden ski lodge, traditional wooden tree houses in the Norwegian Brumunddal Forest allow visitors to sleep high up in the trees looking down at the occasional bear walking by.
Each has a mezzanine area and an antler-fenced balcony about eight metres above ground.
THE TREEHOTELS OF LAPLAND, SWEDEN
For a altogether different kind of tree house there are the eco Treehotels in Lapland where visitors can stay in a nest, mirrorcube, UFO or a tree-top cabin.
The cabins are high up in the canopy of the Boreal forest 40 miles from the Arctic Circle so that you can catch the Northern Lights at the right time.
Each of the Treehotels have been designed by a different architect, the UFO sleeps four and the mirror cube is covered in a special way that only birds can see it, and to us only reappears when the sun moves from behind the clouds.
The birds nest is and built on the outside with branches foraged from the forest, it is designed as a cocoon, with furnishings in dark felt and only a few small porthole windows for light. A ladder operated by remote control is withdrawn completely once guests are inside, so that from below only the branches of the nest’s base are visible.