Architect Jaanus Orgusaar from Estonia has designed a tiny modular house that is also a polyhedral form. This fascinating shape occurs in nature, such as in the molecular build up of diamonds and in honeycombs, and it is quite interesting to see it applied to a house. Jaanus has called his cabin Noa, and it consists of twelve identical rhombic faces setup into a unique three-dimensional form.
Noa is a 231-square-foot cabin with a wooden structure that uses a hidden polyhedral space frame, which gives it the necessary rigidity. It also features a modular, prefab design, which makes it possible to link single units together into a larger space. The polyhedral shape of the cabin means that it has no acute angles, which gives the impression that the interior is one single round space. The floor plan of the house is a hexagon, with walls and roof shaped as identical rhombuses, and therefore it is easy to elongate the structure in space by connecting several units together. The prefab nature of this cabin also allows it to be easily transported to anywhere in the world.
The inside of the Noa cabin contains an elevated hexagonal floor. To add to the uniqueness of this creation, there are also several fun details worked into the design, such as round windows and polygonal-shaped doors. The supporting floor beams are placed in accordance with the geometry of the “Flower of Life” design, which has been known and used since ancient times. Due to the fact that the ceiling has angled faces, the cabin also appears more spacious that its meager dimensions would suggest.
The kit for assembling a Noa cabin can be purchased from Katus. Since the cabin is supported by three feet-like ground supports, there is no need to first lay a foundation before assembling it on site. Due to the fact that it’s raised above the ground, it is also more cold resistant than average cabins.
Since Noa is an attempt to produce an environmentally- friendly and sustainable living solution, the cabin is primarily made from sustainably harvested wood. The floor, outside boarding and roof are all covered with thermally treated lumber. The walls are plastered with limestone paste, while the outside paneling is soaked with iron oxide to color the house grey, and make it fit into any natural environment almost inconspicuously.
The cabin can be purchased for about $17,000 from the Katus website. This price does not, however, include transport and assembly.
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