Modern Danish cabin hides a warm and tasteful interior

Simon Steffensen
© Simon Steffensen

From buildings to everyday furniture, modern Scandinavian design is well-loved for its elegant simplicity, functionality and egalitarian appeal (the furniture giant IKEA comes to mind, despite its iffy reputation on many fronts). This small modern cabin, located in the region of Jutland, Denmark, embodies a lot of these admirable Scandinavian design characteristics, making the most of what's there and creating a lovely interior that still feels roomy, despite its tiny footprint of 24 square meters (258 square feet).

Designed and built by architect Simon Steffensen over a period of eight months, the 19.8-foot by 11-foot structure is used as a summer home and is situated on a rural parcel of land near other cottages. Steffensen tells us that he built the cabin as an experiment in "simple living" and to show others that "small can be good."

Simon Steffensen© Simon Steffensen

Thanks to a fully glazed wall, the interior is quite luminous. The open plan concept means that everything happens more or less in one space, except for the bathroom, which is enclosed. The oak flooring, which continues up the rear wall, gives the otherwise minimalist space a warm, natural feel that's characteristic of Scandinavian spaces. Some recycled materials were used here, most notably some of the wood employed is reclaimed, while the door to the bathroom used to be a door to a cold room.

A few of the functions are grouped together in a pod-like form at one end of the home, consisting of kitchen, bath and bed. Here, the kitchenette is small, but functional enough for those who like to prepare light meals.

Simon Steffensen© Simon Steffensen

Going up to the sleeping loft, we see what looks like an interesting take on the ladder -- alternating treads of some sort -- though it might be more reassuring to see some kind of hand holds somewhere. In any case, it's an alternative to the usual loft ladder that piques our curiosity.

Simon Steffensen© Simon Steffensen

The loft seems spacious; despite the gabled roof, it looks like there's still enough headspace for most people.

Simon Steffensen© Simon Steffensen

Underneath the loft lies the bathroom.

Simon Steffensen© Simon Steffensen
Simon Steffensen© Simon Steffensen

At the other end of the cabin, the sitting area or guest bed also overlaps that of the dining area -- which probably doubles as the workspace area too.

Simon Steffensen© Simon Steffensen

The exterior features a large overhang that acts as a gutter and also shades the glazed wall, regulating the interior temperature while also creating an outdoor terrace. To the side, there is a sheltered porch -- an intermediary entry area that looks like an inviting spot to sit down and take off one's boots before going in.

Simon Steffensen© Simon Steffensen

Minimalist but tasteful, this modern Danish cabin shows that tiny houses -- be they with or without wheels -- do not have to look like a caricature of a country home, and can be modern and functional to boot. This cabin is currently on sale for around USD $74,000; for more information, visit Nybolig and see the PDF. More over at Solbjerg Builders.

[Via: Small House Bliss]

Tags: Denmark | Less Is More | Living With Less | Small Spaces

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