Our cabin “Ziggurat Delivery” is designed with the idea that living in a small house emphasize the relationship with the outside surrounding.
For this reason, and for the need of transportability, we decided to divide the cabin in two structural independent volume; to put one over the other and stabilize the entire structure with the use of external buttresses.
The volume on the ground is colder and more open to the outside giving space to the common activities end services, living around the central kitchen/fireplace with a free plan.
The volume on the top is more insulated and intimate, hosting the sleeping area and minimizing the use of the space.
The heat is coming from the fireplace on the ground level and from the chimney in the center of the room.

Project Narrative

The behavior of a small cabin with minimum space is to reduce the comfort needs to the basic functions and to adapt the space to the different climatic condition and different living needs.
As in the historical examples, the minimum living space is connected to a more stronger relationship with the exterior surrounding, a relationship that chance in connection with the climatic seasons.
With this in mind, we designed a cabin thet is divided in two independent volume; each one with an independent structure.
These volumes are located one over the other, the one on the top is for sleeping and the one on the bottom is for the daily common activities.
The daily volume is less isolated with a lighter structure and more open to the exterior; designed with an open plan around the central fire space use and a kitchen or heater, hosting the public and common activities.

This space is a filter between the exterior and the more closed space of the sleeping area, changing the behavior depending on the season.
For instance, in cold seasons it will be cozier and close around the fireplace and in hot seasons it will be more open and ventilated, giving space to the open-air activities.
The sleeping volume is more insulated and smaller instead, residing in an upper level, which is connected with a ladder and more intimate and protective.

The heat is provided by the fireplace on the ground level (giving the heat the possibility to travel to the upper volume) and by the chimney, which is in the center of the sleeping module.
The structure is made of a wooden skeleton, done with the repetition of similar wooden frames, made by beams of 10x5cm and with the use of simple measures and simple nodes for speeding up the construction end reducing the cost.


Edoardo Giancola
Born in Milan in 1986, he graduated at Politecnico di Milano and did an erasmus program at the Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain. He had experience in various offices; including studio Albori. Edoardo collaborated with TCA think tank, taking video interviews with chinese architects and has done practical work with Sami Rintala – Dagur Eggersston, and Alejandro Aravena – Elemental. He has been in Atelier BowWow in Tokyo and was an assistant professor at the Politecnico di Milano. He lives and works in Milan.

Federico Zarattini
Born in 1987, he graduated at Politecnico di Milano and attended the exchange program at Pontificia universidad Catolica de Chile, in Santiago de Chile. He has gained experience in various offices including studio Albori and did several practical works with Sami Rintala – Dagur Eggersston, and Alejandro Aravena – Elemental. He worked for Cino Zucchi Architetti in Milan and works as an assistant professor of architectural design at the Politecnico di Milano. Federico was a tutor for EASA Bulgaria. Now he lives in Verona, and works in Verona and Milan.


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