Architecture

Trans-Siberian Railway cabins stick their necks out

Trans-Siberian Railway cabins ...
Developer CDS Nord has signed up to build five Siberian Retreat cabins in early 2018
Developer CDS Nord has signed up to build five Siberian Retreat cabins in early 2018
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The Siberian Retreat cabins will sit atop a raised 6 x 8 m (20 x 26 ft) base
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The Siberian Retreat cabins will sit atop a raised 6 x 8 m (20 x 26 ft) base
The Siberian Retreat cabins will be prefabricated using local materials
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The Siberian Retreat cabins will be prefabricated using local materials
The Siberian Retreat cabins will be prefabricated using local materials and delivered in two parts using the tracks themselves
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The Siberian Retreat cabins will be prefabricated using local materials and delivered in two parts using the tracks themselves
The Siberian Retreat cabins will be prefabricated using local materials
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The Siberian Retreat cabins will be prefabricated using local materials
Inside the Siberian Retreat cabins, there will be a shop area, restroom and storage area
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Inside the Siberian Retreat cabins, there will be a shop area, restroom and storage area
Access to the Siberian Retreat cabins will be gained from the rear
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Access to the Siberian Retreat cabins will be gained from the rear
The Siberian Retreat cabins will fronted by a glazed section
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The Siberian Retreat cabins will fronted by a glazed section
The elongated section of the Siberian Retreat cabins will rise to  20 m (65 ft)
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The elongated section of the Siberian Retreat cabins will rise to  20 m (65 ft)
Developer CDS Nord has signed up to build five Siberian Retreat cabins in early 2018
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Developer CDS Nord has signed up to build five Siberian Retreat cabins in early 2018
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Russia's famous Trans-Siberian Railway is the world's longest railway line at 9,289 km (5,771 miles), linking Moscow to the Russian Far East and serving as a gateway to China, Mongolia, and North Korea. Those making the journey will soon have the option of taking a pitstop in some odd-looking new wooden cabins designed by UK firm Kamvari Architects.

Kamvari Architects got the nod for the Siberian Retreat project following an architectural competition. According to the firm, the unusual elongated "neck" references local materials, customs, and buildings. It also helps to make the cabins more visible to passing travelers.

The cabins will sit atop a raised 6 x 8 m (20 x 26 ft) base, with the elongated section rising to a maximum height of 20 m (65 ft). Inside, the cabins will include a shop, restroom, and storage area. The interiors will be kept cool passively with natural ventilation. However, heating seems much more of a challenge in that part of the world, which is something that the elongated shape is also supposed to help with.

"The funnel like pinnacle lifted above the building, condenses the air into a heatable volume which is then sucked through the structure minimizing the use of external sources for heating and cooling," says the firm.

The Siberian Retreat cabins will sit atop a raised 6 x 8 m (20 x 26 ft) base
The Siberian Retreat cabins will sit atop a raised 6 x 8 m (20 x 26 ft) base

We quizzed project director Omid Kamvari for more information on how this would work and whether a mini-split system, air-source pump or something similar would be used. We were told that this is still to be decided as the design is refined.

The cabins will be prefabricated using local materials and delivered in two parts using the tracks themselves, before being placed into position and joined together.

That part of the world isn't exactly known for its balmy winters, so naturally there's likely going to be some serious weatherproofing going on, but finer details on the insulation hasn't yet been revealed either.

Developer CDS Nord has signed up to build five Siberian Retreat cabins in early 2018, with more likely to be built in the future.

Source: Kamvari Architects

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2 comments
Bob Flint
That cavernous open space will need huge amounts of insulation, & heat. Why so big? Planning on living there, or just stopping by?
Bob Stuart
"Condense the air??" All that high ceiling will do is add surface area to cool the warmest air in the place. A ceiling fan does a better job of recirculating heat. It is a shame that people won't buy art without being lied to, and that artists often believe their own fables.