ISSUE 102  |  True North

Norwegian Wood: A Folding Ice Cabin

December 12, 2013 6:00 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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From Norway (of course), a tiny cabin designed for a solitary winter expedition has a chicken wire frame in which blocks of ice freeze into wind-buffering walls. Designed by Norwegian architects Gartnerfuglen, the portable hut folds up (in about 30 seconds).  Don’t forget to bring a Thermos.

Photographs via Gartnerfuglen, except where noted.

Above: The fisherman’s hut, made of Scottish pine and birch veneers, looks at home against a stark landscape.

Above: The hut, christened “Unavailability” by its designers, is meant to be a solitary refuge from the pressures of modern life–and from constant connectivity.

Above: Chicken wire frames the walls and a raised wooden platform made of pine slats allows an occupant to stay dry inside. Photograph via Dezeen.

Above: The wall and roof panels can be filled with water; the frozen blocks create a windscreen. Photograph via Dezeen

Above: Step by step, it takes about 30 seconds to unfold (or pack up) the ice hut. We’d like to see this hut in action in the summertime, when the chicken wire panels are meant to serve as a trellis for vines such as sweet peas, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

For more Norwegian architecture, see Cabin Vardehaugen by Fantastic Norway and An Architect’s Dream Commission in Norway.