The Vertical Cabin can be described as a process, not only as a result of work. The object generates an experience when being used and also during its creation. The design builds on the tradition of maypole celebrations in Czech republic. It is built gradually on the ground and then it is raised to its vertical position. However, its location is not final. Cabin equipped with wheels can be relocated anywhere.

Project Narrative

The vertical cabin consists of three modules - residential floors. Separate functions are stacked on top of each other as a building blocks, which is also reflected in the architecture and construction of the building. The lower part is the heaviest and serves as a daily living space with wood stove and seating. Above it there is a sleeping floor with folding benches. The top floor serves as an open outdoor lookout or additional outdoor sleeping area in the summer. All three levels are connected by a ladder.


The actual construction of the tower takes place on the ground. All parts of the structure are easily accessible for mounting. The sides equipped with tractor wheels are formed of a supporting wooden truss structure. The lowest level of the tower is insulated and covered both inside and outside with wooden boards or recycled material, so the facade appears as a collage of different materials and surfaces. The outer shell of the middle part may be partly transparent, partly full, covered with polycarbonate panels. The lookout is a completely open outdoor space, with the possibility of stretching a sail as shading or temporary roofing.


The most important part of the process is to raise the tower to the vertical position. The center of gravity is positioned in the lowest level to achieve stability. The ropes and ladders, which are an integral part of the cabin equipment, are used for the actual erecting and subsequent securing of the tower. Ladders are used as supporting elements, while the ropes are used to pull up in the vertical position. With installed rolling wheels, the tower becomes an entirely unique mobile structure. The tower can change its position in the landscape at greater and smaller distances. The cabin provides a unique experience both when it’s born, used and when it’s moved.


In our view, a cabin means a return to the nature. It is a simplified dwelling for survival in the landscape. It does not have to have a perfect design and provide all the luxury of the city. On the contrary, it generates opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and experience a different reality than you are used to. For these reasons our cabin is equipped only with necessary features and furnishings.


Studio H3T architekti was founded by Vít Šimek and Štěpán Řehoř in 2009 while studying at The Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague. From the early beginnings studio’s work dealt with small-scale architecture and specific socially and environmentally oriented topics. Their projects were often temporary and located in unexpected context that eventually generated intriguing situations. At the same time, they strive to develop both their knowledge in the field and craftsmanship skills. Over time, studio’s work has become an increasingly standard architectural practice, however, they remember the studio’s origins and continue to create the same way.
H3T architekti participated in numerous workshops and festivals in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, practicing their wood-working skills (re:Vodňany - Zátiší, Culburb - Délegyháza, Kunstdorf - Dúbravica). In 2015, studio organized an art/architecture workshop for students and artists called “Vagon galerie” - an art train gallery in Freight Station Žižkov in Prague.

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