studio heima clads 21 sqm 'aska' cabin in northern iceland with charred wood

studio heima clads 21 sqm 'aska' cabin in northern iceland with charred wood

architect duo studio heima has completed ‘aska’, a 21 sqm cabin clad in charred wood, in northern iceland. surrounded by lava formations, hot springs and volcanoes, ‘aska’ is the first of a series of sustainable cabins designed to populate the natural landscape around lake mývatn. inside, the tiny dwelling is entirely covered with light pine-plywood, which adds light and warmth while softly contrasting the dark cladding of its exterior.studio heima clads 21 sqm 'aska' cabin in northern iceland with charred woodall images by auðunn nielsson unless stated otherwise

 

 

studio heima has set ‘aska’ within the natural landscape around lake mývatn, in a site whose topography is geothermally active and features lava formations, volcanoes and hot springs. the cabin’s name – aska, which translates to ash – draws from the icelandic volcanoes, where ash and lava lay like a blanket in the landscape. the 21 sqm dwelling is covered with burned pine wood cladding according to the ancient japanese technique of shou sugi ban, where the material’s surface is protected by charring the outer layer of the timber. ‘using this technique, a sustainable and robust façade with a long life is produced from entirely natural materials,’ notes the danish-icelandic studio.studio heima clads 21 sqm 'aska' cabin in northern iceland with charred wood

 

 

inside, the cabin encloses a double bedroom, private bath and an open plan kitchen, from which there is direct access to a terrace through a large sliding door. the small footprint of the house is balanced with a tall ceiling height, so the interior of the cabin feels spacious and comfortable. custom design furniture and bespoke inbuilt solutions complete the space, while a large window in the kitchen area offers direct views to the natural surroundings, including lake mývatn and the hverfjall volcano.studio heima clads 21 sqm 'aska' cabin in northern iceland with charred woodimage by trym sannes

 

 

as an extrusion of the landscape, the cabin’s roof is planted with vegetation from the surrounding area, providing insulation, while allowing the building to blend further into the icelandic landscape. the placement of ‘aska’ was carefully chosen according to wind and snowfall in the area. in this way, the entrance is accessible throughout all seasons and weather conditions, even in heavy snowstorms.

 

‘aska is part of a bigger masterplan – a campsite in the common landscapes of iceland – that enhances the spirit of the natural settings, while inserting an architectural piece, a place to stay, sleep and enjoy the unique environment,’ say arichitects gisladottir and berntsen.studio heima clads 21 sqm 'aska' cabin in northern iceland with charred wood studio heima clads 21 sqm 'aska' cabin in northern iceland with charred wood

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