Cabin Laksvatn – A Tiny Retreat Designed for 9 People

This small cabin in Norway has been designed by the architecture firm Hamran/Johansen Arkitekter. The cabin has been created for a large family and required 9 beds to cater for everyone. The architects have named it Cabin Laksvatn.


Cabin Laksvatn - Hamran Johansen Arkitekter - Norway - Exterior - Humble Homes

The 538 square foot (50 square meter) retreat is set on the edge of the Lyngen peninsula in Troms, and looks out over a mountainous alpine landscape. With only a modest budget the design of the cabin became all the more important, particularly due to its size, which allowed the owners to by-pass certain regulations.


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By incorporating the sleeping areas under the pitched roof they were able to exclude this space this from the overall area of the home. The loft is able to accommodate three single and two double beds, all within a space that measures just 151 square feet (14 square meters).


Cabin Laksvatn - Hamran Johansen Arkitekter - Norway - Living Room - Humble Homes

From the outside the cabin is a mix of traditional and contemporary design. Its overall form is that of the quintessential cabin, but the extra wide planks of cladding, and the large windows help give it a modern feel. The inside follows the same principle; it’s fitted out with modern appliances and furnishings, but features walls and ceilings finished in knot-free pine panels.

Cabin Laksvatn - Hamran Johansen Arkitekter - Norway - Dining Area - Humble Homes

The ground floor contains a living room, dining area, and kitchen. The homes bathroom can be found beyond the kitchen, partitioned off from the main living space. On this level there’s also another double bed squeezed into the living room, and another is located opposite the bathroom.

Cabin Laksvatn - Hamran Johansen Arkitekter - Norway - Floor Plans - Humble Homes

Separating the living room and kitchen is a large double-sided fireplace, ensuring you’re kept warm even in the harsh Norwegian winters. The staircase to the upper level is a made of cantilevered steel sheets, making a minimal impact the space.

For more cabins check out this hexagonal house that’s built on a hilltop in Czech Republic. Or, this rustic retreat in Wisconsin that features all-glass walls. See all cabins.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Ivan Brodey, André Severin Johansen

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Ellen & Mindy — This house was a one-off build for a client, I don’t think they’ll be going into production, so there is no price list.