In this modern age, people spend countless hours in front of a computer, checking our phones, and watching videos online. Living in a busy city, we don’t get the chance to spend time in nature–to slow down and breathe. To address this, Dominik Ilichman and Adam Hofman have created Hytta, a modern cabin in nature where you can create and reflect on important matters without interruption.
Minimalism for Maximum Focus
The designers main intention when they created the cabin was to design a place that works in harmony with its natural surroundings to provide ample space for reflection and spark inspiration. They combine privacy, nature, and a quality workspace that enables one to free themselves from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and explore new ideas and the things they truly value.
For the cabin, Ilichman and Hofman aimed for Scandinavian minimalism. No unnecessary elements to distract the users. Hytta also includes the standards that we are accustomed to today. This helps create a space that feels comfortable and allows users to concentrate without interruption. Spacious terrace and windows on all sides connect the interior with the surroundings, allowing nature to be used as a source of creativity and inspiration.
Harmonious Spatial Arrangement
Hytta stands on a south-facing slope at the edge of a pine forest, which separates the cabin from the surrounding civilization, providing plenty of privacy. The designers took inspiration from a former hunting cabin for its floor plan, preserving its overall shape. On the ground floor, one will find the living area with a kitchen, a foyer, a bathroom, a utility room, and a second outdoor bathroom accessible from the outside.
The main living area has a high gable roof, providing generous space for creativity. From the living area, one can access the bathroom, which offers a striking and intimate atmosphere, thanks to the black screed and furniture. The staircase in the kitchen, made from delicate sheet metal, is suspended by cables and ascends gracefully to the main bedroom. This bedroom faces east, and through its large window the morning sun enters the room, allowing the occupants to watch nature awaken, right from the comfort of their bed. The bedroom also provides access to the first of two cozy nooks. The second nook is situated on a small loft above the main living area and is accessible via a ladder. Both nooks provide additional sleeping areas, allowing Hytta to comfortably accommodate up to six people.
In the living area, a large oak dining table serves as both a dining area and a workspace. Technical facilities, including a computer monitor, can be easily extended above the table from one of the library cabinets. The quality of the workspace is further enhanced by Starlink internet service and biodynamic lighting that does not emit blue light after dark, promoting better sleep. Hytta is primarily heated by a cast-iron wood-burning stove with secondary temperature control provided by underfloor heating.
Finnish Sauna for Quality Relaxation
To Ilichman and Hofman, quality relaxation is also an essential part of undisturbed creativity. That’s why just a few meters away from Hytta, one will find a modern Finnish sauna with a cold immersion tub. The facility is situated on slightly sloped terrain, offering uninterrupted views of nature while you enjoy the sauna. With dimensions of 6×3.5 meters, the structure consists of a relaxation area, a shower, and the Finnish sauna itself. Just like Hytta, it embodies the spirit of Scandinavian minimalism and, thanks to its deep charred-timber cladding facade, almost blends into the surrounding nature. The construction is anchored with earth screws, and access to the facility is provided via a steel ramp, giving the building a pleasant sense of lightness.