Design firm Organica sent us images of their gorgeous cabin in Poland, which is made entirely out of natural, biodegradable materials that harmonize with the site's resplendent surroundings. Comprised of two cylindrical structures combined into one and covered with a curved green roof, Natural Arbor was constructed out of giant, sustainably-sourced fir poles, and filled in with additional fir and clay mortar.
Located astride a pond and surrounded by verdant forests, the cabin was constrained by strict regulations, not that Organica would have it any other way. Their attention to nature conservation can be observed right down to the natural oils used to preserve the wood so that no harmful chemicals leach into the ground or waterways. The stout fir poles were peeled with water, giving them a shiny, polished look and connected to ground beams and plate logs using mortise and tenon jointing.
The main structure is enclosed by walls and glass while the second structure was left open. This not only creates a buffer zone, but also helps to keep the house cool in summer and warm during northern Poland’s vicious winters. The vegetated roof is planted with self-sustaining flora that will require virtually no maintenance and will help to control rainwater runoff. It just doesn’t get more earth-friendly than this.