The Sprite Cabin forms a crystal-like formation on the shore of the lake
It is located in the “Fragrant Lake” of Huanggang City Chinathe ‘Sprite Cabin“is a part of the ‘wild’ escape houses building plan from architectural practice Wiki World. Adjacent to the inland lake peninsula, the structure creates two clusters of crystalline formations surrounded by a bamboo forest. The two geometric structures form three top volumes that each one covers wooden herpes.
The three hexagonal designs of each cabin allocate a bedroom, a living room and a bathroom respectively. The cut edges of the wooden houses frame sharp triangular openings to the river. The construction applies laminated wood, while every irregular part and node is designed and adjusted through digital technology, achieving full assembly on site. The exterior facade composes a fish-skin-like shell, while the interior surfaces of the volumes house reflective aluminum plates that mirror the enclosing plantation. The two seemingly conflicting materials complement each other, merging the cabin with the landscape.
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cabins float above the ground leaving their landscape unscathed
Following a natural construction concept, the project retains all trees and vegetation on site, keeping the original forest intact. The cabins develop a prefabricated wooden structure that creates a rustic texture with patterns and irregular window openings. Wiki World’s design team it distributes a double-level floor plan by forming a raised bedroom zone in the strongest volume of the three “crystals”.
Adhering to the original wild wood construction technique, the cabins apply carbonized planks by hand to the facade. All volumes are joined by small metal parts that allow repeated assembly and disassembly. Focusing on connecting with nature and protecting the wild landscape, the construction elevates both complexes slightly above the ground. For the creative team, the restrained scale of the structure brings users closer to both the materiality of the built space and the surrounding environment that encloses the building.
the structure creates two clusters of crystal formations surrounded by a bamboo forest
the two geometric constructions form three top volumes each covered in wooden shingles
the cut edges of the log houses frame sharp triangular openings
the exterior facade composes a fish-skin-like shell of hand-fired carbonized tiles
the geometric wooden volumes blend with the surrounding bamboo forest