The Cabin by Jan Tyrpekl

Jan Tyrpekl has designed a wooden structure, called The Cabin, on top of a former concrete bunker of the Second World War. Situated near to the borders of the Czech Republic and Austria, the 12-sqm (129-sqft) cabin serves as a shelter and available to stay for anyone after an agreement.

Because of the character of the landscape, we decided to design the shelter as a dominant vertical volume. The building has two large windows – one facing East – the borders with Austria and the second one providing a view to the church of the nearest village. In the interior, we wanted to show that even in a small built-up area (only 12 m2) you can create a generous space. During the construction process, we added another rooftop window.

The principle of the construction was to minimize the material, cost and the time needed for the construction. The building is very simple and can be built by manual labor using only common tools without any technology. The project is not financed via any donations or grants. The whole building process was done thanks to the helping of friends, family, and students of Architecture who were interested to participate on this project. Anyone can build a shelter like this. Because of the logistics of the building process the shelter was first constructed at a family farm and then disassembled and transported to the site 200 km away where it was again reassembled.

— Jan Tyrpekl



Photographs by Antonín Matějovský
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