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This Low-Impact Cabin is Accessed Through a Hidden Retractable Staircase!

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On December 22, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In Architecture,Green Building | No Comments

Treehouse, Castanes Architects, low impact design, retractable staircase, vacation house, cabin retreat

Perched on four concrete columns, the cabin is accessed by a motorized staircase that can be lifted like a drawbridge, providing security when the owners are away. The small footprint of the house on the ground minimizes disturbance on the surrounding forest and provides a convenient place to park the owner’s car.

Oriented to the south, the home draws in lots of natural daylight and takes advantage of solar gain [4] when it is available. The walls are heavily insulated and tight in order to minimize thermal losses.

Inside, an efficient layout and multi-functional design components minimize the square footage. For example a kitchen counter on cranks lowers to dinner table height. The toilet is a waterless composting toilet, the flooring is cork and the exterior siding is Ipe [5]. Eco-friendly and high quality materials were chosen for their durability and longevity as a way of maximizing the lifespan of the building.

Alev Seyman of Castanes Architects tells us, “The most un-green thing to do, would be misusing a product and then having to replace it a few years down the road.”

+ Castanes Architects [6]

Images © Castanes Architects

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[1] Hood Canal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hood_Canal

[2] Castanes Architecture: http://castanes.com/projects/treehouse

[3]  : http://inhabitat.com/this-low-impact-cabin-can-only-be-entered-through-a-hidden-retractable-staircase/treehouse-castanes-architects-10/?extend=1

[4] solar gain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_solar_building_design

[5] Ipe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPE

[6] + Castanes Architects: http://castanes.com/

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