Russian firm DublDom recently installed an off-grid cabin in Kandalaksha, Russia, that sleeps up to eight people at a time. Located north of the Arctic Circle, the remote area features a harsh landscape and can experience very cold weather. Owing to these challenges, the cabin had to be delivered in sections by helicopter.
The project came about following a competition hosted by DublDom (a firm associated with Bio Architects) requiring contestants to show photos of their area and explain why they wanted a free cabin. Alexander Trunkovkiy won with his idea for a shelter for tourists and the cabin pictured was duly delivered in April.
It was prefabricated and delivered by the helicopter in two parts before being assembled on-site. Structurally, it consists of a metal frame and is raised slightly on six stilts. It's also packed with polyurethane foam insulation. A large window offers views of the tundra and, when conditions are right, the northern lights can be seen, too.
The interior measures 26 sq m (279 sq ft) and is largely taken up by bunk beds. Elsewhere, it includes a kitchen with gas-powered two-burner stove and sink, a large dining table, and a bathroom with shower and composting toilet. 3G internet connection is also available.
At night or during particularly cold weather, a wood-burning stove is used to warm the interior. The cabin gets electricity from a solar power array and a generator.
If you're interested in making the trip and staying in the cabin yourself, a group of five to eight people costs RUB 7,000 (roughly US$112), per night. Activities include snowmobile rides, hiking trips and ski tours – just be sure to pack some thermals.
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