A Tiny Cabin On The Greece-Turkey Border Produces 100% of Its Own Energy

Istanbul-based studio SO? Architecture & Ideas has created a little off-grid cabin ideal for reconnecting with the outdoors. As a contemporary take on the classical cabin vernacular, this tiny, sustainably minded construction is outfitted with solar panels and a rainwater catchment system in addition to a flexible interior layout.

Invented to catch the"back-to-nature" aesthetic, the 194-square-foot Cabin on the Border is put in a field of mustard greens and lifted off the floor to minimize site impact. "We tried to envision the character not only as a scenic background but also as a protagonist of the scenes we'll create," said the architects, who cited the challenges of living with Mother Nature -- including mosquitos and storms. To Enhance the ever-changing weather, the architects designed the off-grid cottage with operable facades that could accommodate to various climate conditions.

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A drawbridge-style doorway at one end of the cottage tilts outwards to make a patio, whereas the polycarbonate window can pivot upwards to form a glistening canopy, effectively opening up the living area to the outside. The plywood-lined interior comprises three sleeping spaces--one next to the drawbridge-styled opening and the others tucked over --as well as a bath and open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living space. Solar panels cover the roof of the off-grid unit.

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