Kandalaksha , Russia
In the isolated Russian town of Kandalaksha, Moscow-based BIO Architects have recently constructed a remarkable prefabricated safe haven for hikers, skiers and nature lovers. Located north of the Arctic Circle, DublDom in Kandalaksha benefits from amazing views of lakes, mountains and sea. Built to sleep eight, the striking prefab is the latest example of DublDom modular homes that are affordable, customizable, and engineered with precision. Since the prefab could only be installed via a helicopter, the architects had to prioritize minimizing the weight of the structure. A year in the planning, the actual installation took only 45 minutes from start to finish. BIO Architects began the process with the standard DublDom modules and selected building materials and fittings that followed stringent criteria for durability, energy efficiency, and weight. The south-facing full-height window provides the house with passive heating. The GROHE Eurostyle Cosmopolitan single-lever sink mixer was installed in the compact and highly practical kitchen to withstand the rigours of this remote location.
Date of completion: 2018