Relax Cabin

Type of project: Concept development
Location: Anywhere
Type of building: Complementary building
Size of building: 15 sqm
Year : The concept was developed in 2009 and the first ’Relax Cabin’ was built in 2010
Visualisations: Bleak


In the year 2008, the guidelines in Sweden for the size of complementary buildings allowed to be built without a permit were changed from 10m2 to 15m2. To promote the use of wood in private building projects, the Swedish Forest Industries Federation asked three architectural offices to develop building types that make use of these 15m2. These buildings are meant to be erected by private people, guided by construction drawings and shopping lists.

Our task was to design a shelter for relaxation, which we concluded could involve quite different activities for different people and places. For some this could be a sauna with ice-water tank, whereas for others it might be a place to paint or do carpentry. Therefore, we developed a flexible framework, making room for different interpretations of the theme.

Additional design team:  Ida Nordesjö. This project was developed during our  ’Arkitektstudio WRB’ time period.
Images:  Bleak, Johan Israelsson