SULA Is An Environmentally Conscious A-Frame Prefabricated Cabin In The Galapagos Islands

If you’re looking for a stunning little cabin in the woods to get away to and simply relax, then you’ve reached the right place. Cabins are by far the best type of vacation I’ve come across. They’re a peaceful and tranquil option to abandon your urban life and woes, and simply unwind in nature. If you’re wondering where to head for your next cabin retreat, then we may have found the ideal one for you – SULA. Nestled in the Galapagos Islands, SULA is a prefabricated A-frame cabin that is a modern contemporary dwelling built using a mixture of wood, stone, metal, glass, and PVC. The cabin is designed by Diana Salvador, and it is anything but a conventional cabin.

Designer: Diana Salvador

The SULA Cabin is not simply an ordinary home but is the result of genius planning and environmental consciousness. The home was designed and constructed in continental Ecuador, and then transported in a thousand different pieces to the Galapagos Islands, where it is assembled and put together. The two-month design built involves 2000 custom-made components that are joined using 17,000 screws and pins! These various elements are then transported to Santa Cruz Island in two containers.

The assembly of the SULA Cabin took the efforts of four plant technicians and six floating employees who came from the mainland and utilized their specialized skills to build an impressive cabin within four weeks. This particular cabin was custom-designed for Catalina and her family, who have been living in the Galapagos for almost forty years. The cabin was designed to be a harmonious and subtle living space that attempts to respect its residents and the surrounding environments.

The SULA cabin is designed to be a premium quality, and sustainable structure that can be constructed without adversely impacting the environment. Although it is not a traditional A-frame cabin, it features a flap top that mimics an A in a different font without a cap. It is scalable, transportable, and can easily adapt to different environments and landscapes. It can also be easily disassembled and relocated, making it a true architectural marvel that impresses with its flexibility and adaptability.

Meet The A-frame Club: A Series Of Prefabricated A-Frame Cabins In A Snowflake Pattern

In Winter Park, Colorado are 31 A-frame cabins in a hexagonal arrangement called the A-frame Club. Designed by Skylab Architecture and completed this year, the prefabricated cabins are a rejuvenated and upgraded version of traditional ski chalets. With a contemporary twist, the compact and adorable cabins form a snowflake pattern across the three-acre lot. Occupying 23,450 feet, the project “takes design cues from 1970s American ski culture and the iconic A-frame cabins of that era,” said the studio.

Designer: Skylab Architecture

The entire project is a combination of raised cabins and a network of boardwalks that allow guests to interact with the mountain site, without harming the trees and natural watershed. It provides guests with an opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the natural landscape and beauty of the woods by the Fraser River. The cabins occupy 475 square feet and were prefabricated in Los Angeles by Plant Prefab, and assembled on-site.

The picturesque cabins feature steep black metal roofs that support warm vertical cedar boards. They are highlighted by tall triangular windows under the eaves that allow natural light to stream into the interiors while providing stunning views of the mountains. Inside, the cabins hold a living room, kitchenette, and bathroom, as well as a lofted bedroom space.

“The cabins are designed for adaptability. The lofted bed is accessible by a ship’s ladder, and the living room couches can be folded out. Guests are in control of their space, from individual keypads for self-check-in to simple, automated controls for heating, cooling, and lighting,” said the studio.

The interiors are quite warm and welcoming. They are lined with warm-toned cedar panels and custom millwork. Custom Malm fireplaces and vintage furnishings adorn the insides of the cabin – inspiration is drawn from classic ski advertisements. “Tactile custom finishes – including breeze blocks, bespoke woodwork, stained glass, leather upholstery, and even Noguchi-style lighting – emphasize craftsmanship while natural elements like cedar infuse a sense of warmth,” said the studio.

The cabins were also designed to be eco-friendly, as they are incorporated with energy-efficient heating, lighting, and low-flow fixtures. Since they are prefabricated, this also reduces material waste and allows them to be placed around mature trees without disturbing them.