The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin
The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

Approach View

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin
The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

Approach View

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

West Elevation

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

Cabin Section and Elevation

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

Cabin Section Axon

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

Building Components

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

Interior Skylight View

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

View from sleeping lofts

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

Cabin den

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The Sod-Lam Trekking Cabin

**Winner in American Institute of Architects’ DC Chapter Unbuilt Awards, 2017**

Iceland

2016

Type: Recreational Housing

Size: 700 sf

Project Text

The Sod-Lam Trekking Tower builds on the lineage of Icelandic vernacular architecture and the intuition to use the earth as thermal protection in the colder arctic climate. This project proposes to use up to .5m sod layers to form the trekking cabin’s thermal envelope. Supporting this living, thermal skin will be a laminated reclaimed wood shell. Hence, Sod-Lam; a vertical trekking cabin made from layers of earth and trees. The cabin takes the approach of minimal footprint. Thus, it goes up rather than out and only occupies 120 sq. ft. of Iceland’s ground plane. The sleeping, bathing, and storage spaces then ascend into the air, giving hikers new views of Iceland’s memorizing landscape.

Credits

Design:

Seth McDowell

Images:

©mcdowellespinosa architects