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173 Sq. Ft. Geometric Writers Cabin in Norway

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When this writer was seeking for a peaceful retreat he already knew he wanted a tiny writer’s cabin.

So he sought the services of a Norwegian architecture firm Jarmund/Vigsnæs to design a one of a kind geometric writing cottage on the hillside.

There are two areas of the cabin… The living space inside which consists of a desk, fireplace, open area, and a day bed. Then there is the outdoor space surrounded by three walls which also serves as the entrance to the cabin.

173 Sq. Ft. Geometric Tiny Writers Cabin in Norway


Images © Jarmund/Vigsnæs

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Images © Jarmund/Vigsnæs


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  • Kristi
    October 14, 2014, 2:50 pm

    Really cute, but does it not have a bathroom?

  • Kristi
    October 14, 2014, 2:55 pm

    And no simple kitchen. I guess they don’t plan on eating or drinking ever or going to the bathroom. All it would really need is a fridge and a microwave and rudimentary bathroom.

    • Doris
      October 14, 2014, 5:02 pm

      Read the description. It is not a house. It is a retreat. It is a writer’s studio. He does not live there. He does not need a kitchen, and his bathroom is none of our business. He wants to write, not cook dinner. Read the article.

      • DB
        January 30, 2016, 5:18 pm

        True enough Doris, but then, why is it in a TinyHouseTalk article ?


        The key there being “house” of course. I’m sure Kristi did read the article. Probably like me though, I’m starting to feel like a lot of others in comments, there’s a lot of articles that really aren’t Tiny Houses. Not really a complaint though, just an observation. I usually like the ideas they present, even the ones that are (for me) wrong.

        Oh, and I see now I’m replying to comments from a year and a half ago. lol. Sorry 🙂 That is another issue though, a lot of the articles are being recycled. Again, an observation, not a complaint, they’re bound to be new to someone, even me. Though this one is looking vaguely familiar now.

        • Doris
          January 31, 2016, 9:05 am

          No apologies necessary. As for why it’s included on the newsletter, if you would please look at the menu headings, you will see there is a huge list of different varieties of housing. The newsletter offers lots of ideas, from small bungalows to micro campers. There’s much more to the scale-down movement than the cute homes on wheels. I am grateful the newsletter doesn’t restrict itself to “tiny homes,” because absolutely no one on here has yet to agree on what that is. Only so many windows allowed? Must have X square footage? Must have full bath?
          Someone on this particular blog didn’t even “get” that this is a personal retreat for a writer, not a BnB, and others are worried because he didn’t show his bathroom (sigh.)

  • Kristi
    October 14, 2014, 9:22 pm

    How many retreats have you gone to that you have just stayed in for a couple hours? Me: none! Not to mention it is snowing outside. Who wants to be traipsing back and forth from one place to another just to go to the bathroom or grab a quick snack. No, i’d want a bathroom and at least a microwave and fridge. No need to be rude, i read it just like you did, i’d just want a little more. After all it does have a place to lay down to sleep or rest in. Why not just add the other things.

    • Lisa E.
      January 31, 2016, 5:53 am

      I’m with you, Kristi: If I were on a writing roll, the LAST thing I’d want to have to do is to go outside and traipse back to the main house for a “bb” (bathroom break,) or a snack break. I’m a teetoatler and I’ve got to have the kettle going if I’m going to be writing. Maybe it’s different for Norwegians, but when I was there (all 3 times) I never saw a place without a bathroom or a kitchen so I can only guess that no bathroom and no kitchen is an individual personal preference of the owner.

  • Pam
    October 15, 2014, 8:58 am

    If the focus is on writing he may not want anything but the quiet space to write and to be inspired by the beautiful surroundings. He might even think ahead to bring a snack or eat and go to the bathroom before walking to his retreat. And then a bathroom break is a good reason to get up and stretch your legs.

  • Pam
    October 15, 2014, 9:09 am

    It could be a matter of cost or local restrictions.

  • Comet
    October 15, 2014, 9:28 am

    The way I read it this is the ONE GUY building HIS OWN retreat—not something he is renting to writer-wannabes.

    Therefore he might indeed have NO NEED of a kitchen or a bathroom—one may be easily accesed via his main home.

    He can pack a lunch

    There is WAY too much frenzy on here re peoples decor and trying to make each and every space into a full fledged 24/7/365 a HOUSE vs hwatever the space actually is MEANT to be. I would imagine that a LOT of these spaces are meant as jumping off points for IDEAS not somethign ready for you to move into.

  • Jeanette
    October 18, 2014, 12:49 pm

    He got what he wanted and I bet it is within a few feet of his main home. I don’t have a kitchen or toilet in my studio either.

  • Catherine Wilson
    October 19, 2014, 7:44 pm

    I like the way the angles are used in this trapezoid shaped building.
    I also love to see people putting a window exactly where they want one, not just because tradition says the exterior of the building must be symetrical!!

  • Kim W
    January 30, 2016, 3:21 pm

    The little building is really beautiful! On a website called Tiny HOMES a lot of us are looking for ideas for a tiny home, not a writer’s retreat, so we are going to wonder how anyone can manage without a toilet, some (running) water and some sort of kitchen. With a small kettle and a pan, I could hear water to make hot drinks or to heat a meal through (in that snow you don’t need a fridge or running water!) However, my writing time would be restricted to an hour or 2 max! (I am an older lady who has had 4 children…,..enough said!) without a toilet! All sorts of arrangements can be made for that, though! Just remember to only use white snow in the kettle!! a water supply sorted out, possibly by collecting rainwater and bringing bottled water for drinking when there is no snow. It rains a LOT in Norway. I know, as I have been there during the summer! Lots of nice ideas.

  • Jennifer
    January 31, 2016, 8:42 am

    I do not see a house with a toilet nearby in the photos, so without at least a toilet, it is a waste of space. And I do not understand the logic in building a triangular courtyard to collect snow (as another commentator pointed out).

    Otherwise, I like the natural materials and minimalistic design.

  • Bubster
    January 31, 2016, 6:55 pm

    I like looking at not only tiny homes but also retreats, tree houses, hand made campers, writers cabins, etc. They all give me ideas for when I build my own. I’m currently building a slide-in camper for the back of my crew cab pickup and have used ideas from many tiny home submissions. Keep it up!

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