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Ecological Shelter – Sustainable and Completely Independent


As Interiorzine wrote at interior design trends 2017 except comfort people also love to travel and need dynamics and change – so it seems like the nomad spirit had captured the imagination of the creative minds. Here is an example made by students of architecture Michiel De Backer, Jakub Senkowski and Martin Mikovčák.



We are students of architecture, who put our heads together to rethink the way people live their fast and stressful lives. Today we witness a perpetual evolution of new technologies in the fast forward moving world. It is a never-ending story of daily pressure and continuous deadlines. We were thinking about a way to escape from our stressful lives and to get back to our roots. We believe people will find the break they need by bringing the nature back. We had a dream to design the shelter to the last detail. Our dream became a reality, while we crafted ARK by ourselves, what we managed with few carpenter friends, to whom we are thankful for their patience.


The minimalistic design of AKR does not have any ambition to stand out but wants to merge into the landscape. The shelter provides the ability to enjoy nature by becoming part of it, directing all attention to the open view. Our furniture is designed uniquely for the shelter and crafted from the same wood as used for the walls, floor, and ceiling. We keep simple elegance high in our standards.


ARK is placed into the landscape in a very mobile way. We do not use fixed foundations to leave the surrounding nature untouched. By collecting rainwater and using solar power for electricity production, shelter becomes a self-supporting house. This ecological shelter is sustainable and completely independent. As a result of this, the destination of our cocoon is never locked.


The philosophy behind ARK provides a place to live in the wild, back to basics. With the sides folding open, the shelter takes in the landscape and becomes an extension of nature. Designed in the way of a low-tech architecture, to let users a make effort, to feel live and understand the rural way of life.  Photography by Thomas Debruyne