Our previous mobile design Blob VB3 was designed in 2009, a mobile polyester living unit in the shape of an egg that offered a potential sustainable answer to the lack of open space and greenery in Flanders. Flexibility still means sustainability: No fixed constructions, but movable residential objects that can be grouped on the outskirts of cities and villages. However, the reproduction of this prototype proved not to be feasible from a financial point of view.
▼小屋概览，overview ©Bart Gosselin
The design of Cabin Y fits within the same vision, but the objectives were adjusted according to the rapidly evolving world of sustainability and circular economy. The design is based on simplicity, budget-friendliness, self-sufficiency and the use of circular materials.
▼小屋立面结构，X形不锈钢绞缆，elevation structure, x-shape steel tension cables ©Bart Gosselin
Cabin Y consists of a beam-shaped volume with a footprint of 6 by 2,4 metres and a height of 3,4 metre and is therefore easily transportable with a truck with a flatbed trailer. The goal was to make the cabin as light as possible. The construction principle consists of an intelligent system of ten wooden porches that are connected by stainless steel tension cables in an X-shape, whereby the tensile and compressive forces are neutralized when lifting with a crane. Between the sandwich panels there is thermal insulation with hemp fibres installed. The exterior cladding is executed in burnt larch wood and for the interior white oiled pine was used. Burning wood is a natural way to make wood sustainable without using chemicals.
▼外立面烧制过的木材，burned wood for exterior cladding ©Bart Gosselin
▼内立面装有涂了油漆的松木，white oiled pine for interior cladding ©Bart Gosselin
▼小屋前后立面，装有整片的玻璃，front and rear façades with whole glass ©Bart Gosselin
▼小屋前立面，装有钢制门框，front facade glass with steel frame as pivoting door ©Bart Gosselin
The unit is equipped with a toilet, a shower and duplex sleeping accommodation. Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof provide the living unit with renewable energy. The front facade is entirely in glass with a steel frame as pivoting door. The whole cabin is custom-made.
▼屋内空间配有厕所，淋浴间及复式卧室。Inner space is equipped with a toilet, a shower and duplex sleeping accommodation ©Bart Gosselin
▼小屋夜景，cabin at night ©Bart Gosselin
▼小屋的运输及安装，transportation and construction ©Bart Gosselin