Writing eco-cabin surrounded by nature: a sustainable project

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Today, we’are going to Oregon, where Erin Moore of Float Architectural Research and Design projected this small writing eco-cabin for a philosophy professor and nature writer.
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This eco-cabin is located on a small tract of land next to the Marys River in Oregon, United states, the professor, who had a hand in the design, commissioned the shed as a writing retreat. In a paradise like that who would not want to relax and write?! 🙂

Float had to design the eco-cabin taking into consideration a few requirements of the customer, which is very attentive to sustainability: no water or power hookups, no sewage, no major excavation to build it, in order to leave the land as untouched as possible and all materials of the writing cabin had to be completely recyclable when it had reached the end of its useful life. The last requirement was a roof that would allow the owner to hear the rain falling (romantic no?).

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So, without further ado, let’s get more into this writing eco-cabin…

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The first thing you see is the front step, that includes a water basin which draws in local wildlife, like birds and deer. The eco-cabin is uphill from protected wetlands, part of a project designed to restore function to the watershed. Many pieces of the cabin were created offsite and transported by foot, to avoid creating a road in the protected area. The result is a quiet, secluded retreat, the perfect eco-cabin for writing surrounded by nature.

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Erin Moore is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon. Moore works in teaching, research and practice on life-cycle thinking in design and construction. She uses her architecture practice FLOAT as a testing ground for designing with explicit intentions to answer: What are the life-cycle environmental impacts of construction materials? And, how can this life-cycle view of materials shape designs in ways that benefit both the environment and the design work?

I think these are very insteresting questions, to which architecture today should be answered to design more sustainably and the project of this writing cabin is a wonderful example of it. What do you think? 

If you are interested in sustainable architecture and responsible environmental design, I reccomend you to read these books:

With clear, simple language and a practical “can do” approach, David Bergman covers everything from the profession’s ethical responsibility, to design structures and spaces that sustain our natural resources, to specific considerations such as rainwater harvesting, graywater recycling, passive heating techniques, solar orientation, green roofs, wind energy, daylighting, indoor air quality, material evaluation and specification, and how to work with green building certification programs.

 

A stunning, full-color showcase of the latest innovations in sustainable architecture and eco-friendly design, featuring thirty-five diverse homes.

 

McDonough and Braungart explain how products can be designed from the outset so that, after their useful lives, they will provide nourishment for something new – continually circulating as pure and viable materials within a ‘cradle to cradle’ model.

 

Fresh perspectives on how good design can create stylish yet ecologically sound living spaces in small-scale homes. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this survey of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale residential designs. More than fifty residential spaces are profiled from woodsy houses and repurposed barns to cool apartments and urban lofts both inside and out.

 

Have a happy saturday!

-Roberta


Photos via Freshome and Float

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