While itself worth noting, shift your focus from this design to the means of its production: its parts were prefabricated, then transported and assembled in just two days.

But that is not the whole story, either – the real power behind this idea from The Cloud Collective is that the 3D software behind the structure can be easily adjusted and adapted to different specific needs. It is not just mass production, but mass personalization.

CNC-milled panels and simple parts can be reorganized around different plans and catered to particular sites and individual needs. This specific variant was created initially as a temporary retreat on the outskirts of a rural theater festival, but contextual applications and deployment possibilities are virtually endless.

The accordion shape is dynamic and gives the bed a sense of being private despite the small space, but is also another demonstration of the various shapes possible using this production approach.

“The model Abé is specially designed (and named after Abelard and Heloise) for a couple. Located on a isolated hill it functioned as a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Oerol theater festival [www.oerol.nl] on the island of Terschelling, The Netherlands.”

“Waking up with wavy grass, blue skies, seagulls and curious sheep. All characteristics of the Hermit Houses building system were combined to make it happen. The custom design, easy prefabrication, two-day transport and buildup and out-of-the-box self-sufficient installations.”

“Abé is just one of many possible Hermit Houses. Special 3d software in combination with the optimized building system allows for custom designs at minimum costs. It incorporates and optimizes the complete production line: from custom design to presentation, building documentation to CNC mill production.”

“In the near future this software becomes available online for DIY enthusiasts to create their own houses and order construction kits and accessories. The Hermit Houses will be one of the first to bring mass-customization to architecture.”