Rethinking hotel living with these Norwegian-inspired cabins

Hytte - Koto design and Aylott + Van Tromp, Norway

Wooden-clad, with a no-frills design, the Hytte is as much a part of the Norwegian psyche, as its plunging fjords and it has been brought to the consumer mind through Hytte living, a new modular hotel in collaboration with Koto design and Aylott + Van Tromp. At 24 sqm (248 sq ft), these apartments are no fuss and all comfort.

The traditional Hytte (Norwegian for cabin) was designed as a stop along the path, offering a sanctuary in a desolate environment. It is barren in design, creating something livable against a rather uninhabitable landscape.

Sustainability, both environmental-wise and living-wise makes its way into these Hytte apartments, serving as a gentle reminder of our responsibility to our surroundings, as well as to ourselves. All architectural decisions have privacy in mind; the slim windows and darkened wood blends into the surroundings and gives necessity a stylish makeover. The physical size of the structure reflects the change in the accommodation market.

With the effects of COVID-19, the new normal has been enjoying a community at a distance. Hytte is a mindful reflection of this attitude, prioritizing necessity over luxury. There’s no need for high ceilings and long corridors that lead nowhere; clean lines (tucked in black) highlight the hidden shelves and modern fixes.

Minimalist doesn’t necessarily mean scrapping luxuries in pursuit of a clean, empty space. In the case of this project, the minimalist mindset makes its way in the architectural layout. There is less of a need for structural division between rooms; the bed sits comfortably inside of a raised wooden platform, which serves as a day bench and in conversation with the fireplace and armchair. Here, we see that the living room and bedroom work as one, managing space and design.

In keeping with this, Hytte, under the design minds at Aylott + Van Tromp, who bring a hospitality background and industry knowledge, a new paving for hotel living has emerged. Hotels, like a small bubble, have the appeal of having everything necessary for an escape: things that we have in our homes. We like to escape, but not if it compromises comfort. And rightly so; no-frills doesn’t mean no sink.

As well as being an experiment for guests, these apartments are an opportunity for landowners, developers, and companies to build essentially from the ground up, designing and curating an apartment (or series) from anywhere.

All of this goes back to the Norwegian traditional cabins, scattered amongst fjords and rocky terrains; off the beaten track but still a reflection of comfort and home that we can’t stray too far from.

Hytte Living

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