Iceland Trekking Cabin
Heima - Construction Animation
Heima is a series of trekking cabins, designed to be built in remote locations across Iceland.
Iceland is defined by its diverse landscapes and unique weather phenomena. It is a place that is constantly shifting, both in the skies and underfoot. This design celebrates Iceland’s geography and extraordinary natural beauty.
The design approach by Australian practice Trias is inspired by traditional Japanese houses, which are formed by the repeatable unit of a tatami mat. In the cabins, a consistently sized module forms bunk units, kitchens, bathrooms, entry zones and window openings. These lightweight units can be joined and assembled to form a series of small to large cabins.
In essence, each trekking cabin is a single, communal room, much like a traditional yurt or Nordic longhouse. There is a simple gradient of public to private spaces, which radiates from the centre of the room outwards. A table is placed in the heart of the cabin, allowing it to become a place of shared meals and conversation.