As longtime cabin connoisseurs, we've come across many unique designs and impressive structures over the years, but ANNA Flatpack Cabins by Dutch designer Caspar Schols may just take the cake. Originally built for Schol's mother on a tight budget of $23,600, the ANNA design has since been released in two prefab models sure to impress even the toughest critics.
Inspired by railway station trusses, the ANNA cabins not only boast intricate internal structures but are locomotive-like themselves. Each cabin is divided into three parts: two cabin shells that split apart, plus a glass and wooden framework underneath. One part of the cabin acts as a base, while the second half and the glass structure move on rails, making a configureable system that adapts practically to varying weather conditions (or the simple whims of any visitor).
ANNA Stay is the burgeoning brand's residential model, and most well known. At around 600 square feet and roughly 15' tall, the modest space is suitable for a couple occupants—or a small family if they really like each other. It's equipped with a woodstove, fully furnished kitchen, indoor bathroom, storage, and enough space for two king-sized beds-one in a mezzanine and the other below. There's also a bathtub integrated into the cabin floor for some truly one-with-nature, ground-level bathing.
Stay is made with sustainable Siberia Larch wood and birch plywood, and is available in both on- and off-grid models.
On the other hand, ANNA Meet is an event space designed for hosting meetings, yoga classes, or even a remote office. The cabin is similar to ANNA Stay, but contains four moving pieces with an interior stripped down to a simple open-space platform. Modular furniture can be added to provide the space with storage, a boardroom table, or a modest bar area to serve and store drinks.
Both ANNA Stay and ANNA Meet can be delivered in one piece or flatpack to be assembled by crane on site by ANNA's team. Unless a site is significantly soft, ANNA cabins do not require a concrete foundation, either
Technically, they can be built anywhere in the world—but for now ANNA is focusing on launching in Europe and the US, with plans to deliver models in 2022. The company hasn't announced final pricing yet, but in the meantime, the ANNA team is opening rental options throughout Europe so you can experience a cabin for yourself.