Scandinavian designs always manage to be minimal, quaint and impressive, whether it is a product design, interiors, or especially their architectural designs. Scandinavian architecture will always leave you with a warm feeling in your heart and an intense admiration for the attention to detail and delicate touches that each structure consists of. Scandinavian-inspired cabins are my all-time favorite, every time I meet one I feel like throwing everything aside and going on a cabin vacation! But Scandinavian architecture extends beyond these cabins and encompasses much more. However, the quintessential use of dark wood, minimal vibe, and an eco-friendly, sustainable attitude when building something remains common in most of their designs. And we’ve picked some of our favorites to get you gaga! From a small Scandinavian house on wheels with off-grid functionality to modular architectural designs that are a healthy blend of Scandinavian design and sustainability – these structures will make you die-hard Scandinavian architecture lovers!
1. Redukt’s little house
Redukt, a small mobile home company based in Poland, has found sophistication and open-plan layout with a simplistic and versatile design for their off-grid prepared small house on wheels. Prepared for all the elements, the Little House on Wheels by Redukt is thermalized with oiled pine planks which give the house an orderly but natural personality. Dissolving the barrier between the exterior and interior space, the cottage comes with twin glass doors that are just short of the floor-to-ceiling heights.
2. The corner
Bursting with handcrafted goods and artwork from local artisans and artists, The Nook was designed to bring the handcrafted touch of the old world to the modern era. Described as a ‘collection of stories’, Bellême designed The Nook to tie her personal story to the surrounding forest and the architecture of the cabin. The tiny cabin is built from a collection of locally felled trees that Bellême memorized during a five-year stay in the Appalachian woods, during which he learned primitive building skills like creating a hand-split log path that leads to the main entrance to The Nook.
3. The clothier
The Draper, a new cottage from Colorado-based RV company, Land Ark finds a minimalist yet adventurous spirit through a balance of Scandinavian-approached interior design elements and thoughtful exterior features. From the outside, the Draper exudes mystery with black corrugated steel cladding on all sides. Shaped almost like an inverted trapezoid, the Draper rolls out its all-black exterior to reveal a Cumaru folding deck constructed from renewable Brazilian hardwood. When unfolded, the Cumaru Deck gives the Draper a more comfortable appearance that immediately asserts the RV as a warm oasis designed to get away from the monotony of everyday life.
4. House of the archipelago
Architects Standard built the Archipelago House on the Swedish coast. This beautiful vacation home is clad in pine and is the culmination of Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics. The minimal pinewood house features gabled roofs, inspired by the boathouses that float along the nearby shore. Norm Architects created the house in the hope that “the building should look natural to the site and emphasize the beautiful surroundings and the life that takes place in the place rather than the building itself” . The use of natural materials in the house creates an atmosphere of truly Scandinavian nature.
5. The whale
185 miles north of the Arctic Circle, at the tip of Andøya Island, lies the quaint little town of Andenes. Venture a little further and you will find Bleiksdjupa, the underwater valley where migrating whales pass, qualifying the area as one of the best places in the world to spot the exquisite marine mammal. Whales are one of my favorite cetaceans; tall, handsome and always busy with their own business. And to “create awareness and inspire learning and conservation of whales and their environment” Danish studio Dorte Mandrup will build “The Whale”, a new tourist attraction in northern Norway. “Rising like a gentle hill on the rocky shore – as if a giant had lifted up a thin layer of the earth’s crust and created a cavity below,” The Whale is a perfect example of the seamless integration that can take place between architectural structures and their surrounding environment.
6. Yksi and Piha
Plant Prefab, a California architecture firm that prefabricates sustainable homes, recently worked with Koto, a UK studio that designs modular homes, to build two residences called LivingHomes. Designed to meet LEED Platinum and net-zero standards, the homes were also designed and built according to certain Scandinavian design principles: minimalism and biophilia. The first house, Yksi, is a two-bedroom cantilevered residence that uses biophilic design principles through a large deck space and large windows with stunning views of the natural surroundings. On the first floor of Yksi, which means “first” in Finnish, there are two bedrooms, a bathroom, an office area and a closet. The second house, which takes its name from the Finnish word for “courtyard”, Piha offers four bedrooms and three bedrooms, two courtyards and a terrace, as well as a large open living space which forms the heart of the house.
7. Eastwind Hotel
The Eastwind Hotel is a Scandinavian-inspired boutique hotel and bar located in the Catskill Mountains of New York City. The hotel has also been fitted with tiny triangular cabins. The whole structure, including the minimal glamping pods, is strongly influenced by the Scandinavian aesthetic. Therefore, hints of white, navy blue and black colors can be seen throughout the space. We started with this clean Scandinavian look and then warmed it up a bit with natural and natural colors, textiles and artwork, ”said Julija Stoliarova, Creative Director of Eastwind.
8. House with many courtyards
Swedish architectural studio Rune Claesson Koivisto designed a Scandinavian vacation home called House of Many Courtyards. The house basically consists of interconnected box-like structures surrounded by beautiful courtyards. A 40-meter-long corridor cleverly connects all the minimal boxes. All of the square structures come in varying heights, creating a geometrically unique vacation home that serves as an intriguing spatial experience. The sliding doors allow you to exit the house seamlessly and into the serene courtyards. It is the perfect integration of inner and outer life!
Elsa is a 323-square-foot tiny home defined by a Scandinavian design that’s anchored with earthy, natural elements like a teeming outdoor garden and greenhouse located right next to a pergola-covered porch and attached swing for picturesque summer evenings spent in the garden. Scandinavian design, an aesthetic that embraces a clean and mostly no-frills, yet functional design, defines Elsa from inside and out. In direct contrast to the natural cedar siding, the left side of the house features a standing seam metal exterior siding, and just above the cedar siding section, a standing seam metal sloping roof extends the roof. ceiling of the attic bedroom inside.
10. The Kabinka hut
A Hungarian company called Hello Wood has designed a small, minimalist cabin that you can put together yourself for creative space solutions or just to get away from your living room. The pre-made cabins start at $ 10,200 and have been designed in such a way that anyone can put them together, this truly is the ultimate DIY project. With the rapid growth of the small home market, the Kabinka cabin is positioning itself as an IKEA piece of furniture – easy to assemble with an aesthetic popular with most. The Kabinka cabin is available in four sizes that vary between 129 and 215 square feet. It’s a small cabin but has high ceilings – over 12 feet high in fact – which brings a sense of spaciousness and luxury to the otherwise simple structure. The overhead space is well optimized to give the cabin a loft-like configuration that can be used as storage space or as a comfortable reading nook. Another cool thing about Kabinka is that it’s a flatpack design!