Must be nice to work for Powers Construction. The Vancouver-based builders wanted their project managers, who spend all day essentially living on build sites, to have a nice little home-away-from-home. So they designed a smart little cabin that can be transported on a flatbed and dropped off anywhere the truck can reach.
It’s 8 feet by 12 feet and includes a wood stove, a small desk, and storage. That’s it.
Shipping containers often serve as portable offices (and, in fact, the company makes a 53-foot pre-made structure based on one) but Powers wanted to do something special here. This little refuge is built to mimic a traditional pitched roof structure. One entire wall is just glazed windows, the other, steel with a hidden door. The lines are sleek with no obvious fasteners marring the look.
The construction is simple: wood framing with steel cladding for support. Though they don’t provide build costs, it certainly seems affordable. While it’s built to be a mobile office space to get away to think, it has loads of potential as a readymade tiny cabin. Transportable, simple, beautiful.
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.