What do you do with an abandoned ski area in the center of Sweden? You can start by slapping on a pair of skins. And you can also build a minimalist, lofted fort for hanging out, summer overnights, and general bird’s eye views of the lake-rich surrounding lands.

Staffan Michelson’s family hailed from the region known as Hälsingland, which is covered mostly by woods (85 percent) and the timber industry has long been the dominant source of work. Mchelson though the slopes of an old ski area near Vallsta would be better treed than logged, so he bought a parcel and built this tiny cabin on stilts.

There are two floors, an open loft/viewing platform and a lightly insulated (with flax fibers) living area, each measuring about 150 square feet. Michelson is renting the place for about $160 a night, and you can learn more here.

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.


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