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, a new prefab tiny house kit startup that is now officially taking pre-orders.
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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 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.
Light Douglas fir covers the floors, cork lines the interior roof between beams of the pine framing, and cedar wraps the bathroom floor-to-ceiling. 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 €95,600 (roughly $116k USD), the A45 tiny house kit includes the full kit delivered to your property within roughly 60 days. 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 and plumbing and electricital connections to quite literally assembling the house (err, cabin).
I'm game. You?