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Tubakuba :: An Off-Grid Mountain Retreat

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Looking for mountain retreat far from the madding crowd? Then maybe this 150 square-foot cabin in Bergen, Norway will appeal. Located on a steep mountainside on the outskirts of Bergen with a commanding view of the valley below, Tubakuba, or Tuba Cube, is Norway’s only off-grid hotel room.


Designed and crafted by students at the School of Architecture, the cabin has four entirely different outward facing walls. Made of 95 percent wood, the south wall is made from untreated larch, which will fade with time and blend in with the forest. Another wall is made of burned larch in a Japanese technique that inhibits decay. The wall facing the valley is made entirely of glass for striking, unobstructed views.


Perhaps the most interesting wall, however, is that of the entrance. Made of pine shavings, its tunnel form looks as if you are stepping into the mouth of a tuba or a wormhole to an alternate universe. The interior is cozy with built-in plywood furniture including a loft-style bed and a wood stove. The cabin was featured in a music video by the Norwegian band, Alibiet, who recently performed in the Bergen music festival.


Tubakuba was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture is 2015. The Mies van der Rohe Prize “objectives aim at promoting and understanding the significance of quality and reflecting the complexity of Architecture’s own significance in terms of technological, constructional, social, economic, cultural and aesthetic achievements.”



view from tubakuba

tubakuba interior

tubakuba in snow

construction tubakuba

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