When the thought of a wooden retreat comes to mind, it immediately accompanies images of solitude and a discrete place that blends in with its surroundings. However, this modern tiny house in upstate New York meets at least half of those criteria due to its bold structure that allows it to stand out against a natural backdrop.
Dubbed A45, the 182-square-foot tiny dwelling by Bjarke Ingels’ architectural firm BIG is modeled after the classic A-frame cabin, complete with pitched roof and angled walls. The designers took an innovative approach to increasing the living space by twisting the roof 45 degrees, which gives the cabin 13-feet-tall ceilings at its highest point. The geometric structure is made of 100 percent recyclable materials. Its walls and frame are made from timber; one side of the cabin was constructed from seven glass pieces that offer a great view of the surrounding woods while allowing in tons of natural light. The natural cork walls provide insulation and the Douglas Fir flooring contributes to the home’s sleek, modern aesthetic.
Because warmth and coziness are non-negotiable aspects of cabin living, A45 also comes with a Morsøe wood-burning fireplace. Its small kitchen was designed by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri and features handcrafted furniture from Carl Hansen. The home includes a tiny cedar wood-clad bathroom with VOLA fixtures.
Four concrete piers provide support for the structure and allow it sit slightly above ground. The cabin can be assembled entirely onsite and easily erected in remote areas without heavy machinery. Future homeowners will have the option to customize their tiny cabins and can have the homes built within four to six months in any location.
According to the architects, A45 “reflects a minimal Nordic abode prioritized for ‘hyggelig’ comfort and design,” which serves as a sufficient response to those of us who were questioning whether hygge is still a thing.