tinkercraft | Trekking Cabins: Iceland
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Trekking Cabins: Iceland

The icebox is an architectural solution to develop an accommodation unit that can be situated at any location across Iceland’s various trekking trails. It’s designed to house 10 occupants in Iceland. The cabin is constructed from locally-manufactured cross laminated timber. The material was chosen because of its inherent structural integrity and for its easy construction.


Bedrooms and restrooms surround the interior living space, thereby providing a naturally-insulated gathering area for people. Skylights are numerous to provide abundant daylight, and their shapes are inspired from the surrounding landscape, while providing a ‘jewel box’ approach to the diverse Icelandic terrain.


Solar panels connected to a generator, heat radiation in the platform, and the graywater system all provide an energy-efficient cabin. The low ceilings allow the cabin to store the heat in the winter, while the water system offers a drinking water station.


The concept of the icebox is to provide one module that could be programmed as a bedroom, 3 connected bathrooms, or a storage for equipment. The modules are distributed around one common space for lodgers to gather, with a kitchen counter that can be embedded in the wall.


The icebox can be placed in any given site, and provides comfort to the lodgers while also encouraging the trekkers to go on longer trails and loosely gather in the generous interior central space.


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