Like a Big Creature Coming out of the Trees
At 4.5 meters high, this stilted cabin stands and dominates the grasslands like a tall creature coming out from the trees. Summer school students (at Riga Technical University) designed this structure to help in the effort to better utilize the open fields.
The elevated design was intended to allow uninterrupted views of the landscape. The team worked alongside the mayor, and their plan is to allow the grass grow tall and ‘re-wild’ the area.
“We suggested to simply stop to cutting the grass within a defined zone,” said programme tutor Theo Molloy. “Through this simple act the valley would develop naturally into a wild flower meadow and biodiversity corridor connecting the Castle at the heart of the town with the wilderness of the natural park around.”
The cabin is composed of sloped walls clad in rubber shingles that are used as buffers between the rail and the sleepers. Each side of the structure can be lifted open from the inside, with counter weighted timber poles keeping them stable. This unique feature allows for uninterrupted views of the surrounding area.
Tall, rustic, simple, and ingenious, this stilted cabin is definitely a sight to behold and a new way to experience nature.
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