The mention of log cabins usually brings to mind thoughts of Abraham Lincoln chopping wood in a flannel shirt – hardly the image of sleek modern design. So, when we heard about OLGGA Architect’s two-piece transportable log cabin – the Flake House, we knew we had to check out this eye-catching, curiosity piquing design. The exterior of the nomadic, road-ready dwelling appears for all the world like a stack of lumber that has been broken into two halves, while the interior strikes a complete contrast with smooth, sleek modern lines.
Lacking traditional accommodations such as a kitchen and a bathroom, the Flake House is in fact based on the concept of a “folie” and makes reference to a broken branch, whose unconventional scale is the main idea of this project. It is designed to be built-up, taken down, left behind or taken along, inhabited or left to its surroundings.
The initial design for the structure was conceived in 2006 for the CAUE 72 competition Petites Machines à Habiter, and will be exhibited this month at the Festival Estuaire in Nantes, France. For those of you interested in getting your hands on one, the Flake House will be up for auction via the Internet at the end of the festival, which runs June 5th-August 16th.