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A6A built this mini wooden cabin as a moveable home in a forest of Ustaritz in France
France Architecture News - May 21, 2019 - 03:34 1502 views
French architecture firm A6A has built a mini wooden cabin as a new, easily transportable, prefabricated and autonomous space. Built in a forest in Ustaritz, France, the cabin covers only a 20-square-metre space, including a kitchen, a dining/living room, a bathroom, and two beds.
Named H- Eva, the cabin has been designed as a new space experience, opened to the landscape and adapted to our daily needs. The cabin is designed as a micro-architecture that combines modern comfort and traditional materials.
The house is easily prefabricated, transportable and autonomous to varying degrees. The architects take inspiration from nature for its elements, the sun, the water and the wood form the overall appearance of the structure.
"H-eva's drawing is based on a balance of proportions, masses and energies. Human at the heart of his origins, immersed in his environment. The material is left raw, the contrast between light and dark, inside and outside," said A6A.
"H-eva is the result of research on the off-site construction, the assembly is done entirely in workshop, limiting displacements, in respectful way of the environment."
The wood species are local with controlled origins. The architects burnt douglas cladding boards to protect the house from insects and weather. This deep black is reminiscent of the huts of regional woodcutters.
H-eva goes and carries itself. Output of the workshop it is brought to destination by flatbed truck and installed thanks to a crane. It touches the earth subtly, with the minimum possible impact, leaving the land reversible to use.
Its dimensions adapt to the road jigs. Depending on the use and the field, three widths are proposed, 2.50m, 3m and 3.50m. The modules can vary in length from 8 to 9 or 12 m, for an interior surface ranging from 16 to 38 m2. The maximum height is 3.40m. Elements can connect to each other to form larger sets.
H-eva offers autonomy at different scales. To warm, to light, to bathe, those needs of every day of which one forgets the hidden complexity. The cabin does not hinder the earth, it is delicately placed on it and does not need connections. It opens the field of possibilities, catalyses the place and the moment.
All images © Agnès Clotis
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