I am a monument; the cabin as an interface
that represents lifestyles and contextual material resources. A platform for personal expression.


The cabin is understood as a reinterpretation of the Laugier’s
primitive hut in a way to diffuse the limits between interiority
and nature. Each of the proposed constructed elements estab-
lish a different relation with the context and all together com-
pose a sequence in which different degrees of isolation/exposure
are experienced. The cabin is shade and shelter. Wood as unique material to built the main skeleton; vernacular materials and
constructive techniques defines its skin and domestic devices.
The cabin as a field of experimentation in the way it is construct-
ed and inhabited. The workshop methodology is defined along
these lines, focusing on wood crafting to built the structure andopening the cladding and furniture design to its builders through experimental design process along the duration of the camp.

Project Narrative

The object frames the landscape. It settles in the scenery, intensifying the continuity of the
ground. The earth becomes part of its interiority.
It touches the land with a minimal footprint and expands vertically. A sequence of spaces is constructed towards the sky, proposing an spacial gradient of exposure to nature.

The cabin defines a perception of nature as a collection of experiences; Tactile by walking under it, isolation by being enclosed, visual by seated on its roof.
The location of the cabin is determined by its users in order to efficiently take advantage of the natural features as part of the living experience.

Conceived as a nomadic wooden structure, the cabin is cladded with available materials each context provides. Its material expression is an infinite catalogue of possibilities.
The structural system is defined as a stack wooden linear elements that are connected through crafted joints.
The cladding is devised as a series of experimental panels to fit the structural rhythm and protect the wooden fundamental elements. Those coating elements adquire variable materialities, adapting to climate conditions and availability. They are fabricated with vernacular materials, traditional techniques or recyled components.

The structural wooden sequence construct a vertical concatenation of spaces. The cabin defines three layers of inhabitation, the ground, the refuge and the roof.

JOSEP GARRIGA + OFFICESHOPHOUSE

After several shared educational experiences in different cultural contexts, this collaborative platform emerged from a common interest in adressing architecture and architectural education as a crucial role in the transformation of society. We believe in the figure of the architect as a social agent, a mediator that conceives custom-made answers to our daily needs.
We make with our hands, as a tool of engagement with the city and its people. Through this performative turn, we shift our attention from final products to processes of production; from how objects look like, to what they do.

Our academic experiences have been intensively developed at Umea School of Architecture in Sweden and INDA Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Currently we ran our individual research practices combining a series of academic and design projects in various locations along Asia and Europe.

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