A45, a minimal Nordic abode of 17 m2

 A45-more-with-less-18A45, work of the BIG study, is the first prototype constructed in upstate New York. This prototype is a customizable element both inside and outside so that future owners can buy, adapt and have the small house built within 4-6 months, in any location and for any purpose.

A45-more-with-less-11From the traditional A-shaped cabin, the design of this small house evolves maintaining the well-known sloping roof and the angled walls that allow easy evacuation of rainwater and simple construction.

The studio opts for a square floor and rotates the roof 45 degrees, which maximizes the qualities of the classic structure, creating a larger floor area and resulting in a height of 4 meters.

A45-more-with-less-26A45-more-with-less-13Outside the project is presented as a changing element that blends with the environment due to its crystalline condition.

Upon entering to A45, the 16 m2 interior space reflects a minimal Nordic abode prioritized for ‘hyggelig’ confort and design.A45-more-with-less-12

The materials used introduce nature to the interior of the project, including the solid pine wood frame, the Douglas Fir floor and the natural, customizable cork walls.



An elegant Morsøe wood fireplace is located in a corner, while the facility is hidden in the back.
A45-more-with-less-05 A small kitchen designed by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, Carl Hansen handmade furniture and a bed equipped with Kvadrat cloth, designed by Soren Rose Studio, are some of the Nordic handcrafted furniture that can decorate this cabin.

A45-more-with-less-14The bathroom is made of cedar wood with VOLA accessories.

A45-more-with-less-09A45 is assembled into modules on site and consists of 100% recyclable materials, which include the wooden frame, wall modules, a technical floor and the triangular window that goes from the floor to the ceiling with seven pieces of glass that allow natural light illuminates the interior space.


The structure is slightly raised by four concrete pillars, providing optimal support and allowing owners to place their small cabin even in the most remote areas without the use of heavy machinery.


Photography: Matthew Carbone