Oslo-based firm Reiulf Ramstad Architects recently completed the Micro Cluster Cabins, a set of three tiny cabins and a small shed built for a family that wanted the flexibility to split the units up for individual use. Located in Vestfold, Norway, the tiny village is organized around a shared outdoor space that ties the buildings together as one unit. Each structure was designed with a simple gable roof and clad in vertical strips of wood.
To add more variety and character to the traditional gable-roof structures, Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed each cabin with varying widths and roof pitches, although the ridge height for each stays constant. The client asked the architects to create a village of micro cabins rather than one large cabin partly for economic reasons–so that the house could be constructed in phases–and to give the family the option to use the cabins together as one unit or individually. To take advantage of a favorable microclimate, the cabins are oriented to the southwest and are backed up against a rock wall that shelters the structures from the wind.
The largest of the three cabins sits in the center and is built with fully glazed gable ends, letting natural light flood its communal living area. In contrast to the light-filled central cabin, the two other slightly smaller cabins are more enclosed and punctuated by a handful of long vertical windows. The all-timber interior of those two cabins features loft-style bedrooms accessible by a ladder. Each cabin is attached to a small outdoor wooden patio.
Images via Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Photographs © Lars Petter Pettersen