Who says affordable houses can't offer great design and magnificent views? This small wooden cabin approaches the economic restrictions of asmall budget by generating spatial qualities that give new meaning to minimal design. The House in The Meadow, designed by Paris-based design studio ARBA, is one among many of the firm's affordable housing solutions that are the perfect home for a modern recluse and nature lover, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor space.
The house boasts less than 260 square feet meant to provide enough space for two people. The owners wanted a house which would function as a living space and office. Although the budget for the house was quite small, the finished building features elements that would put most luxury villa’s to shame. The economic restrictions played a role in determining its size, which led the designers to focus on the openings and views of the surroundings.
Four modules of massive glass doors slide along the walls, which allow the home to open up to the surrounding meadow and brings the outside in. Each module is composed of a square of transparent glass, framed in opal white glass set on wood fittings. The interior space is bathed in white light and punctuated with viewing positions.When slid open, the panels disappear entirely and blur the line between the interior and the prairie.