Architecture – What if our homes could slide open to connect us with the natural environment? Dutch physicist turned-architect Caspar Schols has developed ANNA Stay, a wooden cottage in the shape of an open platform, enabling adjustments to its wooden exterior and glass interior to adapt to any occasion, mood, or weather condition.
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The cabin has two different ‘shells’ as outer walls, supported on rails. The inner wall, consisting of a framework of wood and glass, is separated from the roofed, wooden outer wall. By shifting the shells and the glass framework, different setups are possible. “Just as you adjust your clothes to suit the weather, your mood, or the occasion,” explains Schols.
ANNA’s ability to adapt and change enables its inhabitants to follow their senses. “She gives the freedom to live among an abundance of life and cultivates a sense of belonging. You become part of everything around you, and I believe everyone recognizes that feeling deeply from within.” Schols says.
Without any architectural education, Schols began his project in 2016 after his mother asked him to design a cabin. Schols was looking for a concept to create a dynamic connection between man, nature, and home. For his mother, he envisioned a flexible space where she could read or paint, organize family dinners, and where her grandchildren could visit and put on theatre performances. The original design has been further developed in ANNA Stay, aimed at short- or long-term occupancy.
The first ANNA Stay comes with an indoor bathroom with a shower and separate flush toilet, a fully furnished kitchen and plenty of storage space while a bathtub is integrated into the floor area. ANNA provides room for up to 2 king-size beds and can be equipped with a central heating installation.
The outside is made of sustainable Siberian larch wood. On the inside, birch plywood has been used for high quality and its light colour. Most wood is left untreated and sawdust is used for insulation. The two layers are carried by eight industrial wheels, supported on rails.
The first ANNA was built in Hollenberg, the gateway to the nature reserve of De Maashorst in The Netherlands, home to the European bison. But Schols has been working on developing and building more sliding cabins for different natural environments, from the Canadian forests to the Sahara Desert. Due to its quick assembly, it is also suitable for the most secluded areas.
ANNA Stay by Casper Schols: all photos by Jorrit ’t Hoen and Tonu Tunnel.
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