Polyhedral 231 sq. ft. prefab cabin expands spatial perceptions

Jaanus Orgusaar
© Jaanus Orgusaar

From the time of the Greeks, polyhedra have fascinated mathematicians and architects alike, while in modern times we've seen fascinating developments like geodesic forms and computer-aided parametric designs. Pure polyhedral forms still fascinate designers, resulting in intriguing creations like this modular cabin by Estonian architect Jaanus Orgusaar. Based on the rhombic dodecahedron, this is a form which can be found in nature, from honeycombs to the molecular structure of diamonds.

© Jaanus Orgusaar

Consisting of twelve identical rhombic faces in three-dimensional form,Noa is a wooden structure that uses a hidden polyhedral space frame to give it rigidity. Its modular, prefabricated design means that single pods can be linked up to form larger spaces, while also benefitting from ease of transport.

© Jaanus Orgusaar

The 231-square-foot interior features an elevated hexagonal floor, and quirky details like polygonal-shaped doors and round windows. The supporting floor beams are arranged according to the geometry of the "Flower of Life," a generative design known since ancient times (seen also in the cabin's pendant lamp, pictured below). The ceiling has angled faces, creating the impression of a larger space.

© Jaanus Orgusaar
© Jaanus Orgusaar

According to Katus, where you can purchase the kit, the whole structure is stabilized by a series of ground supports, while the cladding is treated with iron oxide, and thermally treated lumber is used for the roof. More from Katus:

Noa's form is derived from a cube placed inside each other and connecting the vertices of an icosahedron. The building is a cellular basis for the basic plan, which consist of the same size [sic] placed on the wall surfaces of diamond modules. Such a structure is simple and economical, yet strong, and offers great space adventures. [..] Noa expands the space of thinking and spatial perception in a delicate way.

© Jaanus Orgusaar
© Jaanus Orgusaar
© Jaanus Orgusaar

Inspired by the Platonic solids, Noa is an intriguing prefab made to be both a functional and symbolic ark, alluding to Platonic ideals of universality. More over at Jaanus Orgusaar and Katus.

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