Located in the De Biesbosch National Park in the Netherlands is a modular cabin called the Cabin Anna. Designed by architectural designer Caspar Schols, this cabin is the latest iteration of the flatpack Cabin Anna, which created waves in 2016. Schols had built it as a prototype garden room for his mother, in their home in Eindhoven. This original cabin was immensely successful and was transformed into a series of commercially available flat-pack cabin structures.
Designer: Caspar Schols
The latest cabin in the De Biesbosch National Park is designed to be utilized as a small compact home. It features a ground floor, mezzanine sleeping areas, a kitchen, a bathroom, and an outdoor shower. “In wintertime, Anna’s insulated wooden shell keeps the warmth inside like a thick winter coat. In spring or autumn, the glass keeps the rain outside or lets the sun in to warm up the space,” he continued. “If it warms you up too much, you can either slide and close the wooden layer to block the warming sun or slide the glass layer open to let a cool wind enter,” said Schols.
The new Cabin Anna is a part of a series called the Anna Collection. The Anna Collection will include ten structures, whose construction, Schols will personally oversee and manage. All the sliders have been designed to be manually operated, to allow the residents to feel a sense of closeness with the surrounding environment. “We don’t offer an electronic opening version of Anna, using your own muscle power is essential. Your whole body is involved in opening up the whole cabin. Propelled by your body, the cabin prepares the brain to open up and connect to the natural environment,” Schols concluded.
The cabins are pretty versatile and can be used for multiple purposes. They can be utilized as compact homes, meditation spaces, or even artist’s studios. If you love Schol’s work, then you would also be excited to know, that he’s working on a project called ‘Anna One’. Anna One is a series of cabins that will hit the market in 2024. And what’s interesting is that users will be able to assemble and form the cabins themselves!