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Award for British Columbia Prototype Cabin, Canada – design by Leckie Studio Architects
3 Dec 2016
Backcountry Hut in British Columbia
Architect: Leckie Studio Architecture + Design
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Architecture Award of Merit for Backcountry Hut Company
The Backcountry Hut Company has been honoured with a 2016 Canadian Architect Award of Merit.
“For over 40 years, Canadian Architect has sponsored an annual national awards program, the only national awards that recognize projects in the design stage.
Of almost 150 submissions received for this year’s awards program, the jury selected 4 projects for Awards of Excellence and 6 projects for Awards of Merit.”
From the jury comments on the Backcountry Hut Company:
“This project is beautifully done. It’s careful about its openings and its allocation of solidity and enclosure, but you don’t get a sense of claustrophobia. The modules combine to make very handsome structures that are beautifully illustrated in the presentation.”
28 Sep 2016
Architect: leckie studio architecture + design
Location: countryside near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Backcountry Hut Company was founded to assist individuals and organizations in the design and construction of affordable outdoor recreation structures. The four cornerstones of the business are: function; quality; sustainability; and value. The hut prototype was created for the benefit of the outdoor enthusiast, outdoor clubs, alpine associations, and backcountry lodge operators. Inspired by the idea of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad of providing affordable well-designed products ‘for the many people’, The Backcountry Hut Company provides a turnkey solution to housing through the provision of a flat pre-packed assembly system with the following characteristics:
Prefabrication – the ‘kit of parts’ hut system is designed as an engineered wood post-and-beam skeleton that is then infilled with prefabricated panels. A simple nail-on window system is provided.
Easy to Assemble – the whole assembly can be erected by volunteers in the tradition of the community barn-raising process. The prefabricated wall and roof panels are sized to be lifted by hand and hoisted into place using a simple pulley and winch system.
Modular / Scalable – the basic structural module is designed as a 10’ increment. Modules can be combined to create increased floor area for additional sleeping quarters and living spaces.
Minimal Site Work – the system is designed to be deployed on any site that is accessible by truck and / or helicopter.
Mass Customization – there are a range of possibilities for interior fit-out options and exterior finishes.
In addition to ‘backcountry’ applications (i.e. without road/vehicle access), the hut prototype has received considerable interest from private individuals who are looking to erect prefabricated structures on both rural and urban ‘front-country’ sites (i.e. easily accessible by vehicle). The Backcountry Hut Company system affords the opportunity to furnish the modular prefabricated shell with an interior that supports full time residential occupation. In this scenario the hut works as a small structure that can be understood as part of the Tiny House Movement.
Leckie Studio Architecture + Design is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Vancouver, Canada. The studio was founded in 2015 by principal architect Michael Leckie. We engage in the practice of design across a variety of scales and media – including architecture, interiors, installations, and product design. Committed to a rigorous process of discovery, the core of the practice relies on a deeply-rooted fascination with the act of making.
British Columbia Prototype Cabin in Vancouver images / information received 280916 from Leckie Studio Architects
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