OFIS architects' compact living unit is adaptable to various climate conditions and terrains

OFIS architects' compact living unit is adaptable to various climate conditions and terrains

if OFIS architects combined both its compact winter cabin and its 3shoebox house, the result would look something like its latest project. the resulting project is a self-contained wooden shell — flexible and adaptable for different locations, climate conditions and terrains. this compact house can be used as holiday cabin, a hideaway, treehouse or even a temporary habitation for research.


UPDATE: as part of the 2018 london design festival, the three-storey structure is being auctioned on ebay. the ‘living unit’ is currently on display at the white collar factory in old street where it can be visited until september 28, 2018. see the listing here, and find out more on the architecture foundation’s website.

the project is a self-contained wooden shell, adaptable for different locations and climates
all images © janez martincic



OFIS architects’ basic living unit (4.50 m x 2.50 m x 2.70 m) offers accommodation, including a kitchen, bathroom, bed and seats. it joins horizontally and/or vertically and can be upgraded to twins-sized, triplets or similar. the structure is made using timber frames, which are reinforced by plywood boards on both sides. the cabin can be fixed on the ground either by steel anchors or removable concrete cubes. the interior treatment is changeable and flexible and the unit furnishings can be used in various site contexts.

the structure is made using timber frames, which are reinforced by plywood boards on both sides



the ljubljana castle will serve as a temporary library where each floor will contain books of various topics. the underpasses with a beautiful view of ljubljana are intended for reading and resting, similar to the concept of the library under the canopy — the readers can enjoy reading under the chestnut trees. the facility itself promotes slovenian woodworking and traditional skills of wood crafts and carpentry.

the cabin can grounded either by steel anchors or removable concrete cubes

the cabin has a fully functional kitchen

the ground floor offers a somewhat spacious living room

the bathroom

the house features a minimally furnished seating area

this large windowpane illuminates the entirety of the top floor


an axonometric view of the compact cabin

the various façade materials used





  • Nice!

    H.H. Kraft says:
  • We have just purchased this pod and have transported it to Balquhidder, Stirlingshire, Scotland. It has been delivered to the acclaimed Monachyle Mhor Hotel and will be installed in the immediate grounds. I will comment again when we have set up a site or platformon which to follow progress etc.

    Iain Williamson says:

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