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Sweden's log-like Hus-1 eco-lodge

Sweden's log-like Hus-1 eco-lo...
The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
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Tucked away in a valley on the west coast of Sweden, Hus-1 is a tiny home that resembles a giant log
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Tucked away in a valley on the west coast of Sweden, Hus-1 is a tiny home that resembles a giant log
The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
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The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
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The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests
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The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests
The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
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The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
Hus-1 is an energy-efficient small home that was economical to build
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Hus-1 is an energy-efficient small home that was economical to build
The home can be easily moved and transported to its desired destination
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The home can be easily moved and transported to its desired destination
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
Glass shapes give the home a natural and organic feel
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Glass shapes give the home a natural and organic feel
Hus-1 is an energy-efficient small home that doesn’t impact on its surrounding environment
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Hus-1 is an energy-efficient small home that doesn’t impact on its surrounding environment
Protected from the elements, the exterior walls and roofing have a surface layer of biodegradable, cellulose-based, reinforced board which is wind and water resistant
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Protected from the elements, the exterior walls and roofing have a surface layer of biodegradable, cellulose-based, reinforced board which is wind and water resistant
The base structure of Hus-1
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The base structure of Hus-1
The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests
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The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests
Hus-1 is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö
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Hus-1 is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö
The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
One of Hus-1's window frames
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One of Hus-1's window frames
Hus-1 floor plans
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Hus-1 floor plans
Hus-1 floor plans
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Hus-1 floor plans
Tucked away in a valley on the west coast of Sweden, Hus-1 is a tiny home that resembles a giant log
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Tucked away in a valley on the west coast of Sweden, Hus-1 is a tiny home that resembles a giant log
The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
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The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
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The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests
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The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests
The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
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The Hus-1 eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
Hus-1 is an energy-efficient small home that was economical to build
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Hus-1 is an energy-efficient small home that was economical to build
The home can be easily moved and transported to its desired destination
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The home can be easily moved and transported to its desired destination
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
Glass shapes give the home a natural and organic feel
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Glass shapes give the home a natural and organic feel
Hus-1 is an energy-efficient small home that doesn’t impact on its surrounding environment
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Hus-1 is an energy-efficient small home that doesn’t impact on its surrounding environment
Protected from the elements, the exterior walls and roofing have a surface layer of biodegradable, cellulose-based, reinforced board which is wind and water resistant
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Protected from the elements, the exterior walls and roofing have a surface layer of biodegradable, cellulose-based, reinforced board which is wind and water resistant
The base structure of Hus-1
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The base structure of Hus-1
The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
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Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, elevated sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace
The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests
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The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests
Hus-1 is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö
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Hus-1 is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö
The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
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The home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
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Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings
One of Hus-1's window frames
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One of Hus-1's window frames
Hus-1 floor plans
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Hus-1 floor plans
Hus-1 floor plans
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Hus-1 floor plans
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Tucked away in a valley on the west coast of Sweden is Hus-1, a tiny home that resembles a giant log. The eco-lodge is a free-standing structure that was designed and built by Scandinavian architect and carpenter, Torsten Ottesjö. The original concept was to create a structure that would reflect its landscape without attracting too much attention. “I wanted to try to build a house which was seen as beautiful in the same complex way as nature,” states Ottesjö. The result is an energy-efficient small home that was cheap to build and has minimal impact on its surrounding environment.

The small 25 square meter (269 sq ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces, accredited to Ottesjö’s craftsmanship. “By using doubled-curved surfaces and complex forms, I wanted to adapt the house to nature’s infinite variety of form,” says Ottesjö.

The home is large enough to comfortably house two people, with enough room to cater for guests or entertaining. Integrated within the small space is a central kitchen, dining and living area, hallway, sleeping quarters and outdoor terrace. As for the bathroom, it looks like it has been left off the plans and the backyard shed will have to suffice - not the most convenient design for those chilly Swedish winters!

The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces
The small 25 square meter (269 square ft) home features intricate wooden flooring and curved surfaces

Wooden materials play a prominent role in the home’s framework, insulation, surface layer and fittings. Overall, the surface layers have been kept untreated or white-pigmented with linseed oil. Despite the lightweight construction of bended and glued dry wood, the building is able to maintain stability. This is achieved by the reinforced board framework and load distribution across larger areas.

Protected from the elements, the exterior walls and roofing have a surface layer of biodegradable, cellulose-based, reinforced board which is wind- and water-resistant. Furthermore, the home can be easily moved and transported to its desired destination. “I wanted to have the opportunity to build the whole house in a hallway in order to lift it easily and transport it, by road, in one piece,” says Ottesjö.

Source: Torsten Ottesjö and Hus-1 via Archdaily

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5 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think it looks really cool and 'organic'. Perhaps one could extend just long enough to include a bathroom? If a 'bear goes in the woods' does not mean I would want to. :)
MBadgero
Calling this a home is a stretch.
Jansen Estrup
Either a 'stretch' or a 'warp' ... interesting, though. Small home design is an exciting field for architects and prospective home owners.
Don Duncan
This is an elaborate doll/play house. What is the R value of the walls? How is it heated or cooled or ventilated? Cost/sq.'? And what does "water resistant" mean? It only leaks a little after a few years? Give me a break!
Charles Bosse
I agree with Don. I have a tent that is eco-friendly, water resistant, big enough for two people, and can store a stove that I can put on any old log and a trowel and garbage bags. If I don't get a toilet, insulation, and running water, it might still be an okay stopping point, but it's not a home.