The basis of this modular cabin by Danish companay VIPP is not a structure with a “seemless connection with nature,” but a structure that will “float on top of it,” according to Morten Bo Jensen, the designer behind the concept building, which is now being produced and used.
He thinks of the modular cabin concept in terms of shelter – a little piece of roof — shelter something like “a ship or an airplane,” to use the terms Jensen spoke in. He set out to produce a very natural, very mechanical functional interior with the VIPP modular cottage.
The design based on four transportable modules that require simple mechanical assembly. The four modules, once bolted together, get a “cloth” welded on them to create a flat surface for the exterior walls. The “cloth” is a metal sheet.
In narrow spaces a sense of openness is provided by skylights and windows. The narrow entrance way is “expanded” by a skylight above, and there is a ladder to the low-ceilinged bed loft area with large skylights above them as well.
It has a fire stove for heat. The kitchen is a like a chest of drawers with a sink on top. Both sides of the building (the two mostly-glass walls) slide open. Each door is around 450 kilograms and runs along special rollers. In order to have that much glass, there is a quite heavy construction inside the walls.
Nine steel pillars support the structure from below, and between the open space below and the living space, there is a section where all the utilities are connected. The walls inside are 3mm wool felt.
VIPP thinks they are not doing architecture with their modular building. They wanted to bring their 70 years of product making to building a house.
The modular shelter unit is built completely in a production area that is controlled, and it is something that is not expensive to transport. It isn’t something “really special,” Jensen said. The mindset is prefab.
Oh, and the unit comes with a flashlight.
By the way, VIPP is the company that invented the foot-push-pedal garbage can (the designer thought of it as a solution for his hairdresser wife’s business).
By Andy Stern