The Icelandic Skyli Cabin Life

"...Named Skýli, meaning shelter in Icelandic, this conceptual cabin has been designed and released into the public domain by Utopia Arkitekter..."

What is bright blue, pointed to a tip more aggressively than any monolithic building could eve dream of and sticks out like a sore thumb against the landscape? A well-designed trekking cabin, of course. Named Skýli, meaning shelter in Icelandic, this conceptual cabin has been designed and released into the public domain by Utopia Arkitekter, and looks absolutely perfect as a solution to the most adverse of weather scenes across the Northern Hemisphere.

Tent-like in shape and principle, the shelter is built from steel and cross-laminated timber and could sleep up to 15 Mountaineers in total. Offering copious space – in particular, headroom – in which to cook, hang clothes and store equipment, the tent’s oversized windows provide that view that anyone could only dream of. Just imagine being in the heat – with a brew of tea – and out-looking towards the expansive landscape in an almost unobstructed view.  Everything about this design has considered the context that it is in: formed by four sharply pointed pyramids, the design is purposefully aggressive against the landscape to be visible from afar; and, also features two entrances that are strategically positioned at both north and south points of the compass so that one is always shielded from the wind. With four areas of distinction, two are earmarked for sleeping with beds and benches, a third is dining with tables and chairs and the fourth, cooking essentials.

As Mattias Litström, director of Utopia Arkitekter, explains, “…Skýli is designed for pristine environments where sustainable development is of the highest importance. Materials need to be eco-conscious, while also resistant to extreme weather.” Perfect for any backpacker who may pass its way in Iceland, its design has been widely recognised across the world and has been nominated for an award at the World Architecture Festival 2017.

Innovatively, any rainwater that runs down the sloping roof is collected in outer-shell tanks, and later provides inhabitants with water ready for purification and consumption. Complete with solar panels for power and a permanent stash of supply rations, this tent really can stand the test of any climate.

Discover more about the architects project online at:

A Landscape Awash With Blue Tents

Manufactured from lightweight materials so that the concept tent can be transported to multiple locations, SATORI & SCOUT can see this becoming a particular tourist attraction if a series of these buildings were built. Just imagine, a landscape awash with sporadic blue tents, that would be amazing to visit.

(Photography Credit : Utopia Arkitekter)

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