A Look Inside a Portable Tiny Cabin Perfect For Stargazing

updated Apr 11, 2021
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A tiny wooden cabin on wheels is all about nights spent gazing at the Austrian stars. Designers  Anna Busch and Monika Binkowska’s Projekt Datscha, a prefabricated portable wooden cabin currently parked in Steiermark, Austria, is designed with a darling pitched gable roof complete with a transparent little window — one that could be pushed open or closed — that’s ideal for stargazing. It’s perfectly situated just above the bed on the mezzanine. 

The minimalist cabin was constructed with lightweight construction materials, including aluminum windows, PIR insulation, and balsa plywood. To obtain towing permission, Projekt Datscha had to meet the same legal requirements as a truck trailer in regards to height, width, and length, so much of the interiors have been customized to make optimal use of the small space. In the main living area, there’s a kitchen, sleeper couch, and custom-made folding table for meals. While ideal for two, the tiny cabin could comfortably accommodate four guests.

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Behind the kitchen, there’s a bathroom space separated by a wooden door that even has enough room to accommodate a bathtub. The bedroom area is situated directly above the bathroom space, accessible via a ladder flanked with whimsical tropical wallpaper. The area could accommodate only one queen bed. For Austrians in need of a cabin retreat and nights spent gazing up at the cosmos,  Projekt Datscha is available to rent. It’s located about 30 minutes away from the city of Graz, near the Packer Lake. 

The exterior, on the other hand, is a minimalist wood and blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Other amenities include a smart infra-rot heating system and water boiler that requires electricity. In the case of loss of power, though, Projekt Datscha would still be able to operate off-grid with its composting toilet and alcohol stove. For more on the tiny portable cabin, visit Projekt Datscha