Istanbul–based architecture firm SO? has recently designed an off-grid prefab cabin to serve as a family retreat for a couple with a young child. Nestled between the border of Turkey, Bulgaria, and Greece, the plywood-clad structure is sited in a small village near the Turkish city of Edirne and measures less than 200 square feet.
Although the family mostly uses the tiny unit in the summer, they wanted to be able to escape to it all year round. To accommodate for the various weather conditions across all seasons, the architects have designed the windows and walls to be pulley-operated, allowing them to be raised and lowered depending on the climate.
For example, the polycarbonate windows can be raised to act as a canopy on a warm but rainy afternoon—providing both views to the outside and protection from the summer shower.
During periods of heavy rain, the plywood-clad exterior walls can remain closed, and a comfortable interior temperature can be maintained thanks to the continuous lining of insulation.
A bed is located in a loft above the kitchen, accessible via a ladder, and another lofted bed is located above the large polycarbonate window. The interior is largely covered in birch plywood, including some of the simple furnishings, such as the kitchenette cabinets and a fold-down dining table.
Lead Architects: Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş
Design Team: Şeyma Erdal, Cansu Özay, Metincan Güzel, Gizem Aşçı, Alex Gahr, Baran Aybars, Tuğçe Selin Türk, Cemal Temel
Builder/General Contractor and Structural Consultant: Asmaz Timber
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