This cabin was originally built in the 1800s, on the shores of Lake Ã-vre Gla, one of the largest nature reserves in Sweden. Remodeled in 2004 by architecture firm 24H, it’s only about 200 square feet. Limited by the reserve’s rules for permanent structures, the architects ingeniously extended the interior space by adding a sliding room, essentially built on a deck on wheels, which can be pulled out from the cabin’s main space and compressed again when it’s not needed. The exterior siding is made from durable cedar shingles, and the cabin’s interiors are lined with reindeer fur. The cabin’s luxuries include a steam-fueled hot tub, and solar panels provide power.
The architects, 24H, explain that the cabin’s raised design was inspired by the SÃ¡mi, the indigenous people of Sweden (whose elevated storehouses may have been the origin of the fairytale of Baba Yaga, a witch who lives in a house with chicken legs.) With almost 200 miles of trails in the reserve, if this cabin were to start walking, it would have plenty of room to roam.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite. To see more weekend cabins, visit the Weekend Cabin channel page.