h2o Architectes managed to squeeze a whole lot of apartment into one small space in the most creative of ways in their recent project, The Cabin. Asked to redesign an apartment in a ski resort in Menuires, France, the team increased the bathrooms from one to two, found room to house eight beds, all while keeping the foot traffic separate. Now that was a tall order.

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They flipped the typical spatial design on its head by not trying to find a way to fit furniture into the space but instead decided, “to fit the apartment into the furniture.”

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To do this they designed a huge wooden curve through the whole apartment connecting all parts of the space. It also houses all of the furniture and everything needed for daily life – we’re talking stacked beds, storage, seating, kitchen, etc.

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Curtains are placed throughout to add privacy when needed.

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

The curved wall is made from an American walnut plywood to give the space a cabin-like feel.

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Ski Resort Cabin by h2o Architectes in main architecture  Category

Photos by Julien Attard.