The MiCabin is a compact combination of tools for survival. The mountain cabin offers the basic comforts of a home. It provides an original, yet rustic experience of the mountain life. In a compact 45m2, it packs in a bedroom, bathroom, pantry, lounge and loft for extra guests.
This cabin is a device to observe the dramatic, rugged, mountainscape of the Himalayas. While perched on a precipitous cliff of mica rock, one experiences the cabin to balance on a precarious but exhilarating position overlooking the canyon.
The Y-shaped floor plan focusses on three distinctive horizons. The living space stares at the deep valley below. While the bathroom opens towards the immediate forest, the bedroom orients towards the Himalayan mountain range. A small pantry occupies the central triangular space. The outdent on the end of each wing contains a fireplace inside a cabinet. All these cabinets and storage spaces are built in to make optimum use of the space. They emphasise on the framing of views.
In order to reduce the interference on the rock surfaces, the shape of the facetted elevations are determined by the points at which the volume hits the geography. The almost “crystal-like” volume resonates with the surrounding rocky outcrops.
The mountain cabin is designed to be autarkic. Integrated solar panels fill all three roofs to provide power to the cabin. They are sloping inwards to the centre to harvest all the rainwater. This water then flows in a water tank hidden in the “hull” of the Cabin between the floor and its foundation. While avoiding reliance on external sources, it prevents any damaging impact on the sensitive ecological habitat it is nestled in.
Sustainability, Context, Typology
A breathtaking view of the Himalayan chains, on the north side of the site
A daring site on the verge of a steep drop
The proposed site is a spectacular observatory spot of the valley and the Himalayan chains
The rock strata on site, slowly merging with the local flora
Ground floor plan