If you have ever longed to disappear into the wilderness, then you have probably dreamed of the kind of shelter that will keep you comfortable there. Leckie Studio Architecture + Design have not only dreamt of such a shelter, but founded The Backcountry Hut Company to build them - and they are designed to have the smallest possible environmental impact. A "kit-of-parts" specifically sized to be easy for anyone to ship and assemble, these flat-packed huts can be customized for all kinds of outdoor locations, including places only reached by helicopter.
The design team said in their brief for this project that The Backcountry Hut Company’s genesis was inspired by an idea pioneered by IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, which is to provide “affordable well-designed products ‘for the many people’”. They said an engineered wood post-and-beam skeleton is in-filled with prefabricated panels, and a window system that is easily nailed on is also provided. The default model is supposed to be kind of rustic, but the company can also outfit their modular shells with everything needed for long-term residential situations.
“The whole assembly can be erected by volunteers in the tradition of the community barn-raising process,” according to the designers. “The prefabricated wall and roof panels are sized to be lifted by hand and hoisted into place using a simple pulley and winch system.”
Basic modules that can be scaled up as needed for more space are designed in 10-foot increments, and they can be deployed anywhere that can be reached by truck or helicopter.