Cardboard Cabin in Gothenburg – the Chameleon


The spark of inspiration for cabins come from all sorts of places, but this one was certainly unique. A printer in Gothenburg, Sweden, wanted to show off its capabilities, so it commissioned White Arkitekter and branding agency Happy F + B to design a small structure. Note that again: a printer. Of paper.

This corrugated paper cabin designed by architect Mattias Lind is printed to resemble black marble on one side of the folds and white marble on the other so it looks different from either .

As well as the folded elevations, the two gable ends are also printed in corresponding shades so that the entire building looks black or white depending on which side it’s viewed from. A bright yellow interior provides a contrasting warmth that also covers the window reveals.

The proportions of the cardboard cabin in Gothenburg are based on the Swedish friggebod, a small shed that can be erected without planning permission.

The corrugated folds of the modules that form the walls and gabled roofline create a stable structure and are fitted together using a simple system of tabs and slots.

A total of 95 modules were needed to assemble the building, which weighs approximately 100 kilograms and has a floor space of around seven square metres. The modular construction system could be used to produce buildings of any length.

The entire structure is made from MiniWell, a two-millimetre-thick corrugated paper produced by Swedish company EuroWell.

Photos by Rasmus Norlander

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