“I see the task of architecture as the defense of the authenticity of the human experience” – Juhani Pallasmaa.
We build cabins. The cabin embodies a certain spirit within architecture, and within culture writ large. At stake is a notion of what constitutes authentic experience – from what can we derive pleasure, meaning, and groundedness? Cabins – simple shelters which exist outside the realm of normative life – are perhaps one of architecture’s most profound manifestations to produce this kind of authentic reckoning. A small cabin provides an incredible intimacy between body and building, between material and the senses, between light and perception. We touch architecture in a cabin in a way that we do not tend to in daily life. In this way, the cabin provides a medium through which we can become re-centered. Its inherent minimalism produces a space for simply being, and being, simply. Its closeness to the trees, to fresh air, to sun and wind and wet, are critical sensory experiences with which we all must become reacquainted from time to time so that we may better face challenges when we do not have these sensory resources to draw upon.
So we build cabins because it is the most powerful way that we know of to seek the authentic in human experience. They are simple, materially warm, minimally adorned spaces among trees and meadows in quiet places and, ultimately, in which to dwell.
Written by Wyatt Komarin