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Off-grid cabin shelters up to 8 travelers from remote Russian chill

Off-grid cabin shelters up to ...
A large window offers views of the frigid tundra and, when conditions are right, the northern lights can be seen too
A large window offers views of the frigid tundra and, when conditions are right, the northern lights can be seen too
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The cabin was transported to position by helicopter 
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The cabin was transported to position by helicopter 
The cabin was prefabricated and delivered in two main sections 
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The cabin was prefabricated and delivered in two main sections 
The cabin is now located in Kandalaksha, Russia, north of the Arctic Circle
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The cabin is now located in Kandalaksha, Russia, north of the Arctic Circle
The cabin sleeps up to eight people at a time 
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The cabin sleeps up to eight people at a time 
The cabin is raised off-the-ground on six stilts 
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The cabin is raised off-the-ground on six stilts 
The cabin is packed with polyurethane foam insulation
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The cabin is packed with polyurethane foam insulation
The cabin is located in Kandalaksha, Russia
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The cabin is located in Kandalaksha, Russia
The cabin gets power from a solar panel array and a generator 
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The cabin gets power from a solar panel array and a generator 
The cabin measures 26 sq m (279 sq ft) 
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The cabin measures 26 sq m (279 sq ft) 
The cabin is warmed with a wood-burning stove 
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The cabin is warmed with a wood-burning stove 
The cabin's basic kitchen includes sink and gas-powered two-burner stove
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The cabin's basic kitchen includes sink and gas-powered two-burner stove
The cabin sleeps up to eight people at a time 
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The cabin sleeps up to eight people at a time 
View towards the cabin's kitchenette
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View towards the cabin's kitchenette
View towards the cabin's beds
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View towards the cabin's beds
The cost for a group of five to eight people is RUB 7,000 (roughly US$112), per night
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The cost for a group of five to eight people is RUB 7,000 (roughly US$112), per night
The project came about following a competition hosted by DublDom that required contestants to show photos of their area and explain why they wanted a cabin
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The project came about following a competition hosted by DublDom that required contestants to show photos of their area and explain why they wanted a cabin
Alexander Trunkovkiy won a competition hosted by DublDom with his idea for a shelter for tourists and this one was duly delivered for free in April
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Alexander Trunkovkiy won a competition hosted by DublDom with his idea for a shelter for tourists and this one was duly delivered for free in April
Another shot of the kitchenette
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Another shot of the kitchenette
A large window offers views of the frigid tundra and, when conditions are right, the northern lights can be seen too
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A large window offers views of the frigid tundra and, when conditions are right, the northern lights can be seen too

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 cabin is warmed with a wood-burning stove 
The cabin is warmed with a wood-burning stove 

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.

Source: DublDom

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