The Nook: A sustainable retreat based on the wigwam
May 19, 2014
Native American tribes long used the wigwam as a semi-permanent shelter, and similar dome-shaped huts consisting of a simple framework covered in material serve as home for some African nomadic peoples even today. It makes sense then, that Antony Gibbon drew upon the enduring wigwam for inspiration while designing the Nook: a modern sustainable retreat that can be installed in difficult terrains, and can even float on water.
The Nook is billed as an alternative to a small cabin and can serve as a home studio, office, workshop, hotel chalet, or perhaps even a tiny house. As standard, the structure measures 6 m (20 ft) in diameter, and 3.7 m (12 ft) high, though Gibbon is happy to adjust these dimensions to suit. The designer has also envisioned a larger version that sports a second floor.
To this writer, the actual shape of the Nook looks a little more like a teepee than a classic domed wigwam, but the designer cites the wigwam as inspiration – and a teepee is only a temporary tent-like shelter after all – so let's not quibble over ancient nomadic dwellings.
The Nook comprises a wooden frame, covered in slatted wooden panels, which Gibbon hopes to source from whichever area it is to be installed. The wooden panels are angled to keep out the rain, and are operable in some sections, opening to allow natural ventilation.
If being used as an office, the Nook can sport a desk and shutters, and it can also be outfitted with toilet and shower, and bed. The roof is made from several sections of glass, so should let in plenty of natural light.
Gibbon informed Gizmag that the Nook is suitable for use on difficult terrain, and it can be installed on slopes, costal areas, and forests. It can even float on calm shallow water, thanks to recycled containers which have been placed underneath and serve as a pontoon.
The Nook is still a concept at present, so further practical details have not been ironed out yet. However, Gibbon also told us that he hopes to see it manufactured, and future ideas for the design include the option to operate fully off-grid, using sustainable technology such as solar power, and a composting toilet.
Source: Antony Gibbon Designs