portable and lightweight, disappear retreat diminishes the ‘green is expensive’ myth by using components that are widely available. with reflective glass, photovoltaic spots, and grey weathered wood, COULSON architects assembles them into a super-insulated, air tight, thermal bridge-free compact form with minimal impact on the environment in every sense.

all images courtesy of COULSON

 

 

the minimalist details of the 83-square-feet disappear retreat keep the focus on the beautiful surroundings, offering a meditative experience and the feeling of living outdoors. meanwhile its living footprint is reduced to zero energy, zero waste and zero water. the shed roof collects rain with thin-film PV integrated into the south side supplying power to the waste and water systems, electrical vehicle charging, and excess stored in emergency batteries.

 

 

living essentials are integrated into a prefab, off-grid dwelling providing a minimalist lifestyle in resources, cost, and aesthetics. the building requires no active heating or cooling systems and has a peak heating load of just 100 watts in the extreme cold of northern minnesota.

 

 

our passion for the environment is not just technical, but extends to the experience of nature, which is an essential inspiration in our design work and life‘, COULSON say on their website.we want to insinuate into the landscape and live seamlessly and lightly with its mysterious beauty. this is the starting objective for this project‘.

  

  • What an amazingly beautiful place, especially before this bird killing building was placed there.

    Vladimir says:

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