In Sweden’s Dalsand wilderness, there lies a tiny installation of oases. Some on the private island of Henriksholm, some along the shores of Lake Laxsjön, and one on the coast of Lake Iväg. The oases take the form of tiny, minimalist cabins, built to provide just enough shelter from the wilderness, while also letting as much of that wilderness in as possible.
The original five cabins on Henriksholm were part of a study to determine how 72 hours in a wilderness cabin would affect stressed urban dwellers. Unsurprisingly, researchers recorded physical and mental calm from the participants. Hence the name “72h Cabins.”
Designed by architect JeanArch, each little structure is built from the same kind of wood that naturally grows where the cabins sit—Norway spruce. The off-grid cabins are on small stilts, for as minimal impact as possible with the environment.
In a particularly smart bit of design, all the timber was purposely fit with tiny gaps between boards, both to let ambient light, but mostly to allow ventilation to vent heat when sun pours through all that glass.
The ceiling is pure glass to invite stargazing. The architects are clear that these cabins aren’t meant for daytime use. Get out, hike, kayak, swim, above all be outside, then retire to the bed at night to be bathed in starglow.
Should you be in Sweden, the cabins can be booked for stays. 72 hours at a time, or whatever you prefer.