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