Recently established Norwegian architecture studio Gartnerfuglen have created a mobile fisherman’s hut with walls of ice, where a single inhabitant can isolate themselves from modern technology.
Called “Unavailability” the shack is completely portable and can be erected in just 30 seconds by one or two people. It has a timber frame and chicken wire cladding that is filled up with lake water to create ice walls, which provide shelter for a single inhabitant while they fish. Once folded open, the chicken wire-clad walls and roof of the hut are filled with lake water to create the icy windscreen. The architects hope that climbing plants will grow around these wire walls in the summer months.
The Norwegian design firm called their project Unavailability because the shack is designed to give a single person some much-needed isolation from the wired world – even if just for a brief sojourn. The tiny structure can be outfitted with bare essentials and Gartnerfuglen hopes that climbing plants will creep up the sides of it during the summer months.
This by nature for nature project is just one in a long stream of minuscular buildings that offer busy people a moment of peace and solitude.
Here’s some text from Gartnerfuglen:
"Noun 1. Unavailability – the quality of not being available when neededAs the smartphone is slowly taking over society, more and more people treasure the feeling when their battery runs out. This small shelter for unavailability follows the seasons as it is built with and by nature. The shelter’s construction is foldable for easy relocation and storage. It is effortlessly put up anywhere by one (or two small) persons in 30 seconds.
The ice panels function as a first skin against the harsh winter winds, creating a pocket of heated air and tranquillity, as the cold light of the setting sun is diffused through the frozen water".