koto designs sustainable cabin retreat with floating sauna for fritton lake
koto designs luxury cabin retreats in the wild east of england
Recognized for their expertise in prefabricated modular lodgingthe team of Koto designed a series of luxury sustainable cabins for the private Fritton Lake vacation club in eastern England. the frameworkThe clad structures take the form of a balanced blend of Scandinavian-inspired exteriors and minimalist Japanese interiors, offering comfort, warmth and tranquility to those looking to relax and indulge in nature. The project consists of two residential units called ‘Ki’ and ‘Miru’, as well as a floating off grid sauna located at the end of the jetty leading to the site lake.
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‘Ki’ and ‘Miru’ cabins
Designed by Koto (see more here), the cabins at Fritton Lake are a far cry from the typical country cottage. The “Ki” cabin (translated from the Japanese for tree) features an open-plan interior comprising a living room, dining room and kitchen area. The model is available in two- and three-bedroom variants, which feature king-size beds to ensure optimum comfort for all guests. Perhaps Ki’s most notable feature is its expansive open frontage which offers sweeping views of the two-mile-long lake. The expansive opening draws in natural light while allowing the landscape of nature to take center stage in the cabin.
‘Miru’ (translated from Japanese as view) is specially designed to adapt to the changing seasons. In summer, the windows and doors open outwards, the daily life of the occupants seeping into the surrounding nature. In winter, the structure’s eco-efficiency allows users to warm up in its modern Scandinavian warmth. Miru is also available in two and three bedroom configurations and offers spacious accommodation equipped with two bathrooms.
prioritize biophilic life
Both cabin designs allow residents to create a close connection with the surrounding nature, maximizing natural light and panoramic views while blending into the landscape. At the same time, each cabin ensures that occupants maintain an optimized level of privacy.
During the design process for both cabins, the Koto team focused on creating a building that can co-exist with nature, protect the environment, and encourage biophilic living; a connection between people and nature. “Biophilic architecture and biophilic interior design are not only aesthetic, they have been proven to provide a wide range of lasting benefits, both physical and psychological.” explain the designers.
Koto’s design also includes a floating wood-fired Koto Sauna, located at the end of a wooden pier leading to the lake. Named “Loyly” which translates from Finnish to cloud of steam, the sauna is a sculptural interpretation of the small buildings you see across Europe, from Bothys to Norwegian Hytte. The unit takes the form of a small wood-clad structure with a sloping roof, providing warmth, shelter and the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in nature.
image courtesy of Fritton Lake
image courtesy of Fritton Lake
Name: luxury retreat in Fritton Lake
architects: Koto design
location: Fritton LakeGreat Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
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May 14, 2022