Scandinavian architectural designs that create minimal, simple and functional spaces!
Scandinavian designs always manage to be minimal, quaint and impressive, whether it is product design, interiors or especially their architectural designs. Scandinavian architecture will always leave you with a warm feeling in your heart and an intense admiration for the attention to detail and the delicate touches that each structure is made up of. Scandinavian inspired cabins are my all time favourite, every time I come across one I feel like throwing it all away and embarking on a cabin vacation! But Scandinavian architecture extends beyond these cabins and encompasses much more. However, the quintessential use of dark wood, minimal ambiance, and an eco-friendly and sustainable attitude when building something remains common in most of their designs. And we’ve selected some of our favorites to keep you gaga!
300 km north of the Arctic Circle, at the tip of the island of Andøya, lies the picturesque little town of Andenes. Venture a little further and you’ll find Bleiksdjupa, the deep-sea valley where migrating whales pass through, qualifying the area as one of the best places in the world to spot the exquisite marine mammal. Whales are one of my favorite cetaceans; tall, handsome and always minding his own business. And to “raise awareness and inspire the learning and conservation of whales and their environment”, Danish studio Dorte Mandrup will build “The Whale”, a new tourist attraction in northern Norway. “Rising like a gentle hill on the rocky shore – as if a giant had lifted a thin layer of the earth’s crust and created a cavity below”, The Whale is a perfect example of the seamless integration that can take place between architectural structures and their surrounding environment.
The Basic Cabin is a perfect image of the modern tiny home with its minimal Scandinavian aesthetic and sleek construction. Studio Edwards’ Basic Booth gives micro-life designs a whole new angle – literally! The angular shape of this tiny house on wheels sets it apart while remaining subtle. Inspired by typical A-frame cabins in the woods and Airstream trailers, this tiny house is built on a three-axle trailer. “The A-frame is structurally efficient and uses fewer materials than conventional portal frame buildings. Mute in appearance and clad in black rubber, it blends into its surroundings,” the team explains.
A Hungarian company called Hello Wood has designed a small, minimalist cabin that you can put together yourself for creative space solutions or just an escape from your living room. Prefab cabins start at $10,200 and have been designed in such a way that anyone can put them together, it really is the ultimate DIY project. With the small home market that is “growing” rapidly, the Kabinka cabin is positioned as an IKEA piece of furniture: easy to assemble with an aesthetic that is appreciated by most. The Kabinka cabin is available in four sizes ranging from 129 to 215 square feet. It’s a small cabin but it has high ceilings – over 12 feet high in fact – which bring a feeling of space and luxury to the otherwise simple structure. The overhead space is well optimized to give the cabin a loft-like configuration that can be used as storage space or a cozy reading nook. Another neat thing about Kabinka is that it is a flatpack design!
Plant Prefab, a California-based architecture firm that prefabricates sustainable homes, recently collaborated with Koto, a UK-based studio that designs modular homes, to build two residences called LivingHomes. Designed to meet both LEED Platinum and net-zero standards, the homes were also designed and built according to certain Scandinavian design principles: minimalism and biophilia. The first home, Yksi, is a two-bedroom cantilevered residence that utilizes biophilic design principles through ample deck space and large windows with sweeping views of the natural surroundings. On the first floor of Yksi, which means “first” in Finnish, there are two bedrooms, a bathroom, an office space and a utility closet. The second house, named after the Finnish word for ‘courtyard’, Piha offers four bedrooms and three bedrooms, two courtyards and a terrace, and a vast open living space which forms the heart of the house.
FLEXSE is a prefab micro-housing solution, i.e. a tiny house designed to fit ALL seasons, so even if a winter wonderland isn’t your thing, this cabin certainly will be. The modern and comfortable structure is built entirely from 100% recyclable materials and can be assembled in several parts on site or positioned on foundations, allowing it to be installed in remote areas, in the countryside or even on the shore. ‘water. Given that the construction industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than aviation (12% vs. 2% – can you believe it?), it’s wonderful to see a green house every seasons. The first prototype was a small barbecue hut intended for the kitchen, then the team made sure that it could also be adapted for different purposes – such as a sauna, a guest house, a home office, etc. This eventually led to FLEXE becoming a complete tiny house. One of its most distinct details is the circular window that almost makes the house look like it has the sleekest monocle with a periscope-like view.
Raised on stilts so as not to disturb the natural landscape, the four different cabins were all built using passive house construction methods, each with seamless shingle facades clad in locally sourced untreated Alsatian chestnut wood. Closest to the main eco-hotel building, which offers an intimate dining experience with local produce as well as a showroom of local arts and crafts, guests can stay in the Low Grass Cabins. Designed for people with reduced mobility, the Low Grass Cabins consist of only one floor and have been designed to be universally accessible. Parked in the gentle slopes at an angle, the Low Grass Cabins form irregular upside-down pentagons to lock securely into the mountainside while providing an elevated view of the valley below.
Today, in honor of Vilgerdsson’s expedition, a trail of five wooden huts called Flokehyttene, designed by Holon Arkitektur, dots the Norwegian coastline, offering panoramic views of the gusty North Sea and Ryvarden Lighthouse. of the 19th century. Anxious not to disturb the landscape of Sveio, the five cabins have been gently integrated into the seaside rock mass by drilling four holes for all corners of each cabin where steel columns anchor the structures in place, providing guests a , and a personal experience with the changing waters of the North Sea. Four of the five cabins offer accommodation for five people and the fifth largest, named after Foke’s grandfather, Horda-Kåre, can accommodate up to ten people and is also wheelchair accessible. The other four cabins are named after his mother Vilgjerd, his daughters Geirhild and Tjogerd, and Faxe who joined Flake on his journey to the island. Floor-to-ceiling windows virtually embrace the North Sea and give the cabins a feeling of infinite spaciousness.
The Diamanten Cabin, which is positioned atop a cylindrical support pillar in Oppdal, Norway, was built into its pre-existing mountain setting. The architects of A38 Arkitekter have centralized environmental harmony in the design of their winter annex; adjacent log cabins punctuate the corners of the valley where the diamond-shaped cabin stands. The final structure is visually enigmatic, yet chameleon in its commitment to invigorate, while respecting the community to which it belongs. Nestled close to traditionally vibrant wooden cabins, the Diamanten cabin is modest in size, with a total of one open room. However, the art of the Diamanten is not found in its size, but in the way it appeals to the landscape and the vernacular structures that cradle it. The cabin’s frame is structured so that the roof cascades gracefully towards the massive mountain that frames its larger community.
On the island of Stokkøya, Norway, there is a cabin in Blackwood Hill. Surrounded by the sea to the west and green landscapes to the east, it’s a summer haven for a family of five. Spanning several levels, the wooden hut offers impressive views of its surroundings and cleverly balances with them. The firm Kappland Arkitekter designed the cabin in such a way that it blends in perfectly with the surrounding landscape. Featuring a typically Nordic minimal aesthetic, the cabin instantly immerses you in a sense of calm. “Perched on stilts at the front and anchored to a concrete slab at the rear, the building hovers gently on the slope, leaving virtually no footprints,” the architecture studio said. The level structure of the building also creates several layers inside the cabin. According to the studio, one can discover the slopes of the hill inside the house and outside the house.
Meaning Joy in Finnish, the Ilo Playhouse is Koto’s first children’s playhouse. And this wonderfully minimalist playhouse makes me want to dive back into my childhood. Inspired by the simplistic beauty of Scandinavian log cabins, Ilo appeals to children and adults alike. Boasting an elegant log structure, supported by a sloping roof, the cabin features three closed sides and one open side. Each closed side has a long rectangular window. Spacious windows and an open entrance allow children to have their own personal space, while maintaining a connection to the outside world. A place of their own, without them feeling too isolated. Ilo is perfect for children to read and play, as well as arts and crafts, with the open space structure fueling the fire that is their imagination.