What Happens When Amateurs Design Cabins

Rendering of the Wedge cabin design

Rendering of the Wedge cabin design

A team made up of non-architectural graduate students at Cal Poly Pomona University have redesigned what camping means in California.  The team was asked to develop a cabin design that would reenergize camping in the state, particularly among non-traditional campers, such as minorities and young adults.

Two weeks of research, including a visit to a state park, were followed by two weeks of design.  Their designs had to meet specifications for size, price, portability, and they could not use water or electricity.

The team came up with ten different designs, including the Wedge, Skyline, Revo Pod and C Pitch +.

The 145 square foot Wedge has a unique roof that sits at a 22.5-degree angle.  It incorporates wood and glass for a more modern look and can fit one full-size bed and one twin-size bed.  It also offers a porch where occupants can get some shade.


Wedge Design Cabin | Interior View

Rendering of interior of Wedge cabin

The Skyline design has windows that provide natural light and views from two sides.  The 180 square foot cabin includes areas for beds and storage, and an L-shaped porch.

Revo Pod is spread over 150 square feet and is inspired by the classical lifeguard structure.  Lightweight and easy to transport, it can fit one to three people and provides elements of the traditional RV experience.

C Pitch + consists of wood and steel options.  It has a generous amount of interior floor space that allows for multiple beds and plenty of storage.  The cabin also has wrap-around windows.

At least one of the designs is expected to be built at a state park, and it is hoped that the project will ultimately change the standard for camping in California.  A prototype of The Wedge was displayed at this year’s California state fair, and a live version is set to be available before the end of the year.


Source | Photos: Cal Poly Pomona University

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