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Off-grid Into the Wild cabin hides a Jacuzzi under the bed

Off-grid Into the Wild cabin h...
Covering 40 sq m (430 sq ft) in all, the Into the Wild cabin is able to function entirely off grid
Covering 40 sq m (430 sq ft) in all, the Into the Wild cabin is able to function entirely off grid
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There are plenty of charming off-grid cabins tempting folks into the wilderness these days, but most tend to keep things on the simple side
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There are plenty of charming off-grid cabins tempting folks into the wilderness these days, but most tend to keep things on the simple side
The Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
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The Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
Covering 40 sq m (430 sq ft) in all, the Into the Wild cabin is equipped with solar panels
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Covering 40 sq m (430 sq ft) in all, the Into the Wild cabin is equipped with solar panels
Covering 40 sq m (430 sq ft) in all, the Into the Wild cabin is able to function entirely off grid
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Covering 40 sq m (430 sq ft) in all, the Into the Wild cabin is able to function entirely off grid
The Into the Wild cabin was conceived as not just a nature retreat, but as a way to maximize its visitors connection with it
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The Into the Wild cabin was conceived as not just a nature retreat, but as a way to maximize its visitors connection with it
The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter goes to some lengths to offer its guests flexibility and luxury
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The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter goes to some lengths to offer its guests flexibility and luxury
The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter features a large glazed window to invite nature inside
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The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter features a large glazed window to invite nature inside
The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter features a large glazed window to invite nature inside
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The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter features a large glazed window to invite nature inside
Ark Shelter makes the Into the Wild to order, along with a number of other designs
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Ark Shelter makes the Into the Wild to order, along with a number of other designs
The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter from afar
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The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter from afar
The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter features various openings to maximize the connection with nature
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The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter features various openings to maximize the connection with nature
Inside the Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter
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Inside the Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter
Bedroom inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
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Bedroom inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
Kitchen area  inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
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Kitchen area  inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
Loft area inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
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Loft area inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
Shower and basin inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
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Shower and basin inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
An oak basin inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
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An oak basin inside the Into the Wild cabin, by Ark Shelter
The Into the Wild cabin's loft can be reached via a ladder that doubles as a closet door
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The Into the Wild cabin's loft can be reached via a ladder that doubles as a closet door
The Into the Wild cabin's loft can be reached via a ladder that doubles as a closet door
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The Into the Wild cabin's loft can be reached via a ladder that doubles as a closet door
Bedroom inside the Into the Wild cabin
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Bedroom inside the Into the Wild cabin
The bed inside the Into the Wild cabin can be raised to reveal a sunken Jacuzzi
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The bed inside the Into the Wild cabin can be raised to reveal a sunken Jacuzzi
The bed inside the Into the Wild cabin can be raised to reveal a sunken Jacuzzi
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The bed inside the Into the Wild cabin can be raised to reveal a sunken Jacuzzi
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There are plenty of charming off-grid cabins tempting folks into the wilderness these days, but most tend to keep things on the simple side. The Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter goes to some lengths to offer its guests flexibility and luxury, most notably by way of a hidden Jacuzzi tucked into the floor.

The Into the Wild cabin was conceived as not just a nature retreat, but as a way to maximize its visitors connection with it. As such the cabin features various "openings," each designed to invite elements of nature inside in different ways.

One of the walls is essentially a huge sliding glass door that opens up that side entirely to the outside, while the glazing that covers the entire front end creates an impression that you're seated outside. A milk glass window draws natural light into the bathroom, while a clear skylight overhead does the same over the cabin's center.

Inside the Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter
Inside the Into the Wild cabin by Ark Shelter

What is a essentially a big black box sits in the middle of the cabin and divides it into different areas, also serving as the base for a loft that sits above. Accessed via a nifty closet door that becomes a ladder when opened, this loft is imagined as a meditation zone as well as a bedroom, allowing folks to sleep beneath an open view of the stars.

The bathroom is equipped with a shower and classy walnut basin, while the adjacent bedroom is where things get a little interesting. The double bed that rests on the floor seems perfectly ordinary at first glance, but can be hoisted up into the ceiling via a powered lifting mechanism to reveal a sunken jacuzzi underneath, repurposing the room as another space to unwind.

The bed inside the Into the Wild cabin can be raised to reveal a sunken Jacuzzi
The bed inside the Into the Wild cabin can be raised to reveal a sunken Jacuzzi

Covering 40 sq m (430 sq ft) in all, the Into the Wild cabin is also equipped with solar panels, batteries and a rain water collector, enabling it to function entirely off-grid.

Ark Shelter, which is a collective of architectural students in Slovakia focusing on low-tech affordable architecture, makes the Into the Wild cabin to order, along with a number of other designs. You'll need to ask about pricing, with contact information available via the source below.

Source: Ark Shelter

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3 comments
paul314
This could not possibly lead to a humidity and mold problem.
Michael son of Lester
This is a wonderful little cabin that for a weekend retreat would be nice. The only issue is the Jacuzzi under the bed. Take the Jacuzzi out of the equation and this cabin is a winner. I know, there are those who are going to love this feature, and I was one until I looked at it from prospective of maintenance. The problems with the Jacuzzi are: First, filling/emptying this would use up a lot of water for an off grid system that relies on rain water. Second, if the Jacuzzi isn't emptied after use there would be a that lovely chlorine smell in the bedroom. Third, keeping water under the bed in a Jacuzzi would probably lead to a mold issue.
Longtermthinker
Some of the more obvious poor design decisions that are mentioned as “features” are ladder rungs attached to a hinged door(think that door might sag in time?), slatted wood shower floor(wood does not a shower floor make), floor to ceiling glass in a small parallel sided box(could you design worse acoustics into a room) And of course a jacuzzi under a bed(I shouldn’t need to comment on that decision).