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Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design

Text description provided by the architects. Elsewhere, an Austin-area vacation rental company, commissioned Sean O’Neill to design their first cabin. The goal was to create a compact living space with everything one would need for a weekend of focus and fresh air.

Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen

The atmosphere the architect aimed to recreate was that of a Texas porch. It’s a serene feeling of sitting outside in the heat, the breeze, and the rain under the shade of a roof. A 10′ folding glass wall allows the entire living space to become a porch.

Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© elsewhereretreats.com
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen

It was important the cabins be functional off-grid. This would give guests a greater sense of detachment and allow periodic relocation. To this end, the architect designed the cabin on a trailer base with on-board utilities. Solar panels provide power for lighting, hot water, and wifi. The bathroom has a waterless toilet and a shower and sink fed by an on-board water tank.

Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen

On the inside, the architect avoided filling the miniature space with normal-sized house furnishings. Instead, he outfitted it with integrated, compact, multi-purpose components. A singular surface transitions from desk to sofa to kitchen counter. The living space and kitchen counter surface continues into the bathroom. A frosted glass panel provides a faint view of the continued surface on the other side.

Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© elsewhereretreats.com
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© elsewhereretreats.com
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© elsewhereretreats.com
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© elsewhereretreats.com
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Benjamin Rasmussen
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
© Sean O’Neill
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design
Tiny cabin with minimalist Scandinavian design

Project Credits:

Architects: Sean O’Neill @seanoneillarchitect

Construction by @elsewhere.retreats

Photos: Benjamin Rasmussen, Sean O’Neill, @elsewhere.retreats

Area: 160ft² / 14.8m²

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