Micro-Architecture: An Eco-Hut That Would Turn Lincoln Himself Green
Images Courtesy of Yeta
Here at TreeHugger, we love architecture and design that makes outdoor life more enjoyable, especially when it keeps things simple. And here's a great example of exactly that, from Italian architect Flavio Galvagni and the firm Lab Zero: Yeta, the wooden micro-architectural structure that shows us just how far log cabins have come since the time of honest Abe.
Featuring a kitchen and bathroom (both mini, of course), a four square meter glass window, and a flexible design that allows different configurations, Yeta is billed as the ideal forest getaway or mountain shelter. The structure is powered by an off-grid photovoltaic generator and a rooftop rainwater collection system. The wooden shell and glass window are insulated to better retain heat during the winter. The cantilevered front wall swings up to provide a shady deck, and swings down to protect the glass window when the cabin isn't in use.
As to the eco-philosophy behind the structure, the Yeta brochure says:
Its environmental footprint and style are minimalist. All materials are natural and most are recyclable. Technology blends unobtrusively with wood to create a seamless continuum between the great outdoors and a cozy interior. As a result, Yeta provides a peaceful, poetic space. Yeta does not require foundations or excavations and it can be easily and gently introduced into even the most delicate conservation areas.
There's a lot to be said for architecture that keeps things small, simple, and green. Yurts are looking like better and better choices, and micro-homes are making headway even in the US. It's doubtful that the Yeta will outlast the two century old alpine hut Lloyd showed us a while back, but it will certainly be a better deal than the $450,000 beach hut that graces the UK's Dorset coastline.
For the time being, Yeta is just a prototype, but Lab Zero promises it will soon be commercially available. No word yet on pricing or availability.
More on architecture that makes the outdoors an even better place:
Hermitage Hut By Dans Mon Arbre Adjusts to Climate
Bamboo Hut On Stilts Wins Climate Adaptation Award, Helping Ecuadorian Coastal Dwellers
Gertee: An Alaskan Yurt Made From Scraps and Garbage
Hand-built By Friends, A Wooden Yurt Rises In The Adirondacks