This Tiny Cabin for Beer Island, Please

With our city now so laughably unaffordable, thousands of Vancouverites are stuck imagining wonderful homes instead of living in them. Spaced is a record of our minds wandering the world of architecture and design, up and away from the unrewarding realities of shoebox condos, dark basement suites, sweet f~ck all on Craigslist and three levels of government that couldn’t give a damn.

(via) This simple, 107 sqft “Nolla” cabin on the shore of Finland’s Vallisaari Island was created as an easily accessible escape (it’s just outside Helsinki) by city-dwelling designer Robin Falck. With solar panels sitting flush on its A-frame, the stilted construction has very little impact on its immediate environment and did not require building permits because of its diminutive size. Its name translates as “Zero”, as in zero emissions. Says Falck:

With the Nolla cabin, we want to offer visitors the possibility to experience modern cabin life in the realm of nature, with minimal emissions. An ecological lifestyle does not only require giving up unsustainable commodities, but also discovering modern, sustainable solutions that can be used instead. This has been an essential part of the design process.

Interested in staying here? You can. It’s listed on Airbnb. But since this column is all about fantasy and we can thus (in our imaginations) have a reasonable facsimile built closer to home, we’ll set ours up on Beer Island in False Creek so we can comfortably yell at passing dragon boaters to keep the obnoxious noise to a minimum. Wanna stay over? We’re making s’mores…


– All photos via Neste/Falck –

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