Commendation in RIBAJ Microarchitecture Award

White Arkitekter has received a Commendation in the RIBAJ Microarchitecture Award Design your own Cabanon competition organised in association with Norbord SterlingOSB. The commendation was announced today at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London headquarters.

White Arkitekter was awarded a Commendation in the RIBAJ Microarchitecture Award ‘Design your own Cabanon’ competition organised in association with Norbord SterlingOSB. Drawing on Le Corbusier’s celebrated Cabanon in Côte d’Azur (built in 1952) the brief called for design proposals for an external living shelter measuring no more than 9 sqm built from a kit of parts made principally of SterlingOSB (Oriented Strand Board).

White’s proposal is inspired by the traditional bothy, a basic shelter found in remote, mountainous parts of the UK and usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge. Providing shelter from the rain and a place in which to rest and enjoy the landscape, White Arkitekter’s Bothy is suited to rural and urban locations, providing a retreat in the depths of the forest and on city rooftops.

The structure is built of interlocking prefabricated OSB cassettes which allows reconfigurable furniture elements to be slotted within. It is topped by a waterproof canvas pitched roof. All elements are cut from a standardised sheet to reduce waste. Adjustable feet allow the cabin to be sited on uneven ground and the interior is made homely with the inclusion of a wood burning stove.

The competition was chaired by the RIBA Journal editor Hugh Pearman and judges included Andy Von Bradsky of PRP Architects, Philip Marsh of dRMM, Hanif Kara of AKT II, Cindy Walters of Walters & Cohen Architects and Karl Morris, Norbord Europe. Over 60 submissions were made which were selected down to a shortlist of five.

Bothy, RIBA Microarchitecture Award (1000x1030)

Bothy, Riba Microarchitecture Award (1000x625)

White Arkitekter’s proposal for the RIBAJ Microarchitecture Award.