An Architectural Feat, This Transparent Cabin Sits At The Edge Of The World

Project name – The Air
Year – 2020 / not completed
Area: 48 sq. m.
Location – Portugal, The Atlantic coastline
Architects – Victoria Yakusha, Serhiy Chornousov
Image credits – Serhiy Chornousov

The idea behind this minimalistic cliff cabin is to create a feeling of weightlessness of the architecture overlooking the ocean. A 270-degree glass structure is nestled into the rock and stands a bit in front of the cliff, provoking the sense of “impossible architecture”. However, the building, which is set on the vertical pillar and secured with the foundation made of recycled concrete, is absolutely equilibrated.

“This project was developed as a holiday home for a surfer, who is no stranger to a confrontation with one powerful element of nature – the air,” says Victoria Yakusha, founder Yakusha Design. “As an archetype of this cabin, we took an ancient lighthouse, standing unwaveringly at the very edge of the earth and indicating a safe passage for ships.”

The central pillar takes up small internal space and, at the same time, includes most engineering and communications, maximizing the view over the Atlantic Ocean. Privacy is achieved by an integrated system of window blinds around the perimeter.

The minimalist open-concept interior of the 48 square meter cabin includes only essential furniture. A warm beige theme provides homely vibes and coziness independently of the weather and “mood” of the ocean outside. Functional zones – living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – invisibly flow from one to another.

Stylistically, there is a combination of modern style with geometrical shapes and live primitive design: straight lines, rounded forms of sofas, round lamps, straw panels as the surface of the wall, roughly processed logs, ceramic decor, low dining chairs. All the furniture is down to earth to avoid overlapping the dramatic view.

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