Located within a woodland near Salamajärvi National Park in Finland, this black-painted cabin is elevated on a single column in order to minimize its impact on the site. Named Niliaitta, this 387-square-foot prototype cabin is developed by Finnish-based Studio Puisto as part of ecologically sensitive accommodations at Kivijärvi Resort.
True to its name, this forest cabin is an interpretation of an ancient Niliaitta – an elevated wooden hut used by indigenous Samí people to safely store food outdoors. The cabin follows the idea of retreating away up in the air, which will release the person from everyday worries happening on the ground.
The experience inside the Niliaitta prototype is unique. There is a large floor-to-ceiling window in front of the cabin, overlooking the uninterrupted views of the surrounding nature. The interior space is purposefully designed to serve as a neutral, blank canvas that doesn’t distract from the nature outside.
The Niliaitta prototype stays ecological inclined with use of wood in the interiors, eco-wool for insulation, and completely avoids plastic in the structure. Additionally, wood creates a cozy atmosphere, healthy indoor air, and pleasant acoustics. The cabin improves acoustics with the modern angular finger paneling on the walls.
The cabin has a bathroom, shower, and kitchenette, as well as features like a ventilation unit, air-source heat pump, water heater, and electrical switchboard, all housed in a rounded core in the middle of the cabin for a clean interior space. On the other hand, the water, sewer pipes, and electrical cables also run under the external staircase in an enclosure, creating a clean exterior.
Studio Puisto’s goal with Niliaitta prototype is to pay homage to the history of Samí culture in the area while also creating a space that offers visitors a detachment from the outside world. It is a kind of forest hideout that makes a minimum impact on nature, on the site, and satisfies nature-conscious travelers!
Fordypningsrommet in Norway is a similar elevated cabin we have featured before.