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Competition: Lasita Maja timber cabins

An open international competition has been launched to design a range of small-scale prefabricated timber cabins for sale and distribution in Germany, France and Estonia (Deadline: 7 February)

The contest, for Estonian log cabin manufacturer Lasita Maja, seeks proposals for innovative temporary structures that can be easily constructed from prefabricated timber parts.

The project aims to increase sales of the company’s off-the-shelf timber cabins by providing contemporary proposals, harnessing FSC-approved timber to meet customer needs. Concepts could be for a storage facility, overnight cabin, playhouse, garage or weekend summer house.

Estonia

Estonia

Lasita Maja

According to Lasita Maja’s brief, the object of the competition is ‘to develop high-quality modern and innovative architectural designs of prefabricated wooden cabins that could be distributed all across Europe in collaboration with the producers of log cabins.

‘In addition, the purpose of the contest is also to introduce the production technology of Lasita Maja to architects, and thus to aim to strengthen the collaboration between architects and manufacturers.’

Founded in 1998, Lasita Maja joined Outdoor Life Group two years ago to become part of Europe’s largest distributor of garden cabins and other garden-related products. The winning schemes will be developed further to produce functional and novel products to meet emerging consumer demand within the market for timber cabins.

Proposals may include a sauna, guest-house, tool store, modern home-office, recreational space, small gym, spa, yoga or meditation room.

Estonia

Estonia

Lasita Maja

The competition is organised by Katus.eu, an online architectural marketplace which features timber cabins for sale on its website and previously hosted a competition focusing on prefabricated housing.

The five-strong competition jury will feature three Estonian architects alongside the directors of the garden furniture outlets Gartenpro in Austria and OLG in France.

The overall winning team will receive €3,000, and there will also be a second prize of €2,500, third prize of €2,000 and two honourable mentions of €500.

How to apply

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is at 11:59pm IDT (UTC +3) on 7 February.

Contact details

Katus.eu
Kalevi 13
Tartu 51010
Estonia

Email: tiit.sild@katus.eu
Questions: ann.reial@lasita.com

Tel: +372 55 601 425

View the competition website for more information

Sweeney’s Bothy case study: Q&A with Iain MacLeod

The founder of The Bothy Project discusses lessons learned designing a prefabricated timber cabin for the Isle of Eigg in Scotland

The Bothy Project

The Bothy Project

Iain MacLeod

How did your Sweeney’s Bothy deliver a prefabricated timber cabin suitable for the Isle of Eigg?

Eigg is very unique location, so close attention was paid to the environmental factors (like the 100mph westerlys), interesting topography, stunning views, and the local vernacular. We tried our best to stay true to the island’s aesthetic while creating a contemporary form suitable for purpose. Perhaps more specific to this project was the collaboration with an artist whose idea it was to base it on the legend of Sweeney. This is what inspired some of the quirkier aspects of the design, like the tree bed.

Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Source: Image by Johnny Barrington

Sweeney’s Bothy by Iain MacLeod

Which architectural, material and other considerations are important when designing low-cost, sustainable prefabricated structures?

Simple, robust and economical detailing is key, where possible using local, hard wearing materials. Although they are small, often ancillary structures, due consideration of these aspects gives them a sense of confidence, longevity and belonging in the landscape. Especially in rural locations, transportation to site and subsequent construction requires careful consideration also, for example, can it be moved as one piece or do the separate elements break down?

Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Source: Image by The Bothy Project

Sweeney’s Bothy by Iain MacLeod

What advice would you have to participants on designing a prefabricated timber cabin?

Again, although they are small-scale buildings, personally I would recommend approaching the design process, at least initially, in a very similar way to any scale of project. Without an exact site in mind however, I would suggest thinking about typical locations in the area and their adaptability to different sites all with slightly different characteristics.

Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Isle of Eigg, Scotland

Source: Image by Johnny Barrington

Sweeney’s Bothy by Iain MacLeod