Cabin in Park Created by Caspar School


The architectural designer Caspar Schools has designed a modular cabin in the Dutch Biesbosch National Park, which includes sliding walls that allow it to be opened to the elements.

This is the recent version of the Flatpack Cabin Anna model that Schools first developed in 2016 as a prototype garden room for her mother next to a pond in her Eindhoven home.

Following the success of the original design, it was developed into a series of commercially available flat cabin structures that could be used as living and working spaces.

The hut in the Biesbosch National Park has been configured to be used as a small house with sleeping areas on the ground floor and mezzanine, a bathroom with floor-to-floor bathtub, an outdoor shower and a kitchen.

As with previous versions of the Anna cabin, the recent iteration combines wooden, metal and glass gable sections mounted on sliders.

The sliders are integrated into a wooden platform and make it possible to reconfigure the shape of the cabin, thus ensuring the connection to the outside.

“In winter, Anna’s insulated wooden bowl retains heat inside like a thick winter coat,” said Schools.

“In spring or autumn, the glass prevents the rain from entering or lets the sun in to warm the room,” he continued. “If it warms you up too much, you can either push the layer of wood and close it to block the warming sun, or push the layer of glass to let in a cool wind.”

Cabin Anna is part of a larger series called Anna Collection, limited to ten structures for which Schools will personally supervise the construction.

The sliders are all manually operated, which the designer considers an integral part of the cabin concept of giving residents a sense of closeness to their surroundings.

“We do not offer an electronic version of Anna’s opening, The use of her own muscle strength is essential,” he explained. “Your whole body is involved in opening the entire cabin.”

“Powered by your body, the cabin prepares the brain to open up and connect to the natural environment,” he added.

the cabins are designed to be flexible for a range of uses, from apartments to meditation rooms to artists’ studios.

In addition to the Anna collection, Schools has also created Anna One, a series of cabins that should be launched in 2024 and that buyers will be able to assemble themselves.

Other huts recently featured on Deneen include The Kjerringholmen overwater apartment on a small private island in Norway and the angular straw flea house in a historic village In Austria.

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