Norwegian wood: LEGO-assembling rural prefab cabin in 1 day

There are 500,000 cabins in Norway for 5 million people, discusses Oslo architect Marianne Borge. While the dimension of these 2nd homes has grown in recent 10 years, Borge wished to go back to the basic living roots of conventional Norwegian hytter (homes). According to Borge, the log cabin practice is about passing up the conveniences of modern-day homes to run away into nature: no electrical power, a wood-burning stove for food preparation and heating and an outhouse or field as a bathroom.

Her Woody15 is a 15 square meter one-room cabin without any cooking area, restroom or electrical energy (however full with wood-burning range). She attempted a modern take on the typical log cabins by creating an all-wood (Norwegian spruce) cottage from 29 cross-laminated lumber (CLT) items. The small prefab can be set up in someday (though the cladding, foundation and home windows take even more time). She shows us the Woody15 on her pal's natural farm outside of Oslo.

Picture credit ratings: Monica Strømdahl (building); Jonas Adolfsen (completed).


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