One of the interesting things about this design, known as ÁPH80 and designed by Ábaton Architects, is that the internal spaces do not feel like a caravan. From the exterior the building feels more like a small and abstracted house, than a portable cabin. It looks sculptural and bespoke.
Its relatively abstract design raises the benchmark from an inexpensive way to provide housing, to something more exclusive – say a country weekend retreat, or a writer’s cabin.
The unit consists of three separate spaces: a main lounge with kitchen, a shower room, and a bedroom. Having distinct rooms is one of the ways the cabin transcends the idea of the caravan. It allows two people to comfortably exist with a measure of privacy in a very confined space. This is something that is always difficult to achieve with a more open plan.
Another way this cabin succeeds as a home, is with its relatively generous ceiling height. At 3.5m to the ridge there is a feeling of spaciousness to the interiors.
The construction is of certified timber using other recycled materials, offering an environmental comfort factor as well.
By Christopher C. Hill, via detail-online.com.
Photos by: Juan Baraja.