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This 161-Square-Foot Writer's Cabin Looks Like a Cozy Place to Pen the Next Great Novel

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Photos © Jonas Adolfsen via <a href="http://www.archdaily.com/772043/writers-cottage-2-jva">Archdaily</a>
Photos © Jonas Adolfsen via Archdaily

There's just something about the writer's cabin. Whether perched on a hilltop (for optimal inspiration via breathtaking views) or cloistered in an overgrown thicket, the cabin has long been a go-to for reclusive creative types the world over looking for an isolated, away-from-it-all place to work on their next great work. In Norway, designers at Oslo-based studio Jarmund/Vigsnaes Arkitekter (JVA) created this two-story wedge-like retreat, which measures just 15 square meters (about 161 square feet).

The structure occupies a small piece of land within a private garden, and its unassuming high-gloss, black-painted-timber exterior hides wood-paneled interiors that are pretty much the modernist embodiment of "cozy,", from a lofted sleeping area accessed by stairs that double as storage to the hard-wearing sisal carpet, and sheepskin throwsdraped hither and thither. Broad glazed sections on the facade frame views out to the forest beyond and let in lots of natural light. If you're wondering about the structure's unique shape, it's about more than the pure aesthethics: Because the cabin rises two stories, torquing slightly to face south, it clears a neighbors hedge and maximizes daytime sunlight. Clever!


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