Originally Published October 04, 2018, this article has been updated with new details.
As New Yorkers with Pacific Northwest roots, our search for the perfect place to escape the city to is never ending. Thankfully, the Catskills lay just a couple hours north of the city, offering everything from camping and climbing to hiking and fly fishing. The modest mountain range is also the site of A45, a prototype cabin concept announced in fall of 2018 and designed by legendary Danish architecture firm BIG for Klein.
After a couple of years in development (and us patiently waiting), we're excited to share the A45 model has finally gone into mass production as of June 2021, with delivery estimated for early 2022.
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With a design that’s effectively a classic A-Frame cut in half and a modest footprint of just 183 square feet, the one-story building (with sleeping loft) relies heavily on a vaulted ceiling and full wall of windows to make the space feel livable and not suffocating—a serious issue many tiny houses have.
CLT panels are used in the interior to create a uniform peaceful look, black asphalt roofing wraps around the exterior, and Oak windows and doors round out the look.
Considered Scandinavian furniture elevates the cabin, while a wood-fired stove brings it back down to earth. In short, A45 is a contemporary embodiment of hygge, the Danish concept of cosiness and comfort, rooted in happiness, that no doubt we're all familiar with by now. And we love it.
A45 is the first prototype of what Klein is now—more than two years since announcing—ready to begin mass producing. Though the concept reportedly aimed to involve other influential international architects beyond Bjarke Ingels' own firm for subsequent cabin designs, the A45 seems to be the focus at this juncture.
With a final pre-order price of €99,600 (roughly $122k USD), the A45 tiny house kit isn't cheap by any stretch of the imagination. Though it does include the full kit delivered to your property within roughly 60 days of purchase. Both on and off-grid options are available and all you have to do (beyond coming up with a hefty chunk of change) is secure a plot of land and handle local permits, then follow Klein's instructions on everything from establishing a foundation to quite literally assembling the house.
We're in. You?