From the creative minds of Matthias Prüger, Manuel Rauwolf and Ulrike Wetzel comes this rather ingenious tiny retreat. Called Seelenkiste, which translates as “Soul Box”, or “Spirit Shelter”, the retreat is designed to rejuvenate the occupants by providing a stress-free escape from day-to-day living.
The trio are part of a small design studio called Allergutendinge, which creates a variety of dwellings and sculptures with a focus on sustainable building practices. Seelenkiste itself is a relatively simple timber frame structure in which sections can be prefabricated, flat-packed and transported to the owners site. A small team is then able to assemble the different components to create the tiny retreat.
The building is composed of three main components or levels. The first being the entrance/ground floor living area. Next up is the sleeping quarters which cantilevers out the back of the structure to minimise its impact on the living area below. The final level acts as a small study space accessed by the recessed steps built into the side wall.
The exterior is clad with fibreglass reinforced plastic panels, whereas the interior has been mostly finished in with a light wood siding and sheets. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this tiny dwelling is that it doesn’t feature windows, but wall openings that can be easily adjusted according to the weather or the user’s needs. It also allows the structure to be closed up when not in use.
Due to its size, it looks like the entire retreat can be supported on a simple foundation consisting of concrete tiles and brick, although this may have just been for the photographs, I’m sure most people would rather tie the building down a little more thoroughly.
For more retreats check out this minimalist forest retreat in Czech Republic by Uhlik Architekti. Or these sustainable “Swamp Huts” on the outskirts of Boston that were designed by Moshow Lin Architects. See all retreats.
Where does one…um…answer the call of nature?
I noticed the lack of a bathroom too. Also how do you get into the bed?
I think you’re meant to use the openings on the left-hand-side as a ladder, although it seems to be a bit of an awkward solution.
Call of nature answered, if you’ll notice to the left, there is an apple tree. They love nitrogen. I would love to find the blueprints for to get an idea of the dimensions they used. Being in the NW, I would use windows rather than opening walls and roofs.
how much does it costs and were can i find it in greece
Do you know where I can by this tiny house ?