Flat-packed cabin concept allows tiny houses to be assembled like IKEA furniture

A Vancouver-based startup's conceptual design for flat-packed recreational cabins would allow users to build for themselves, making the wilderness more readily accessible.
The Backcountry Hut Company is an offshoot of interdisciplinary design firm Leckie Studio. Its goal is to facilitate the process of building cabins for a variety of uses.

"The hut prototype was created for the benefit of the outdoor enthusiast, outdoor clubs, alpine associations, and backcountry lodge operators," said the studio's founder Michael Leckie.

"The Backcountry Hut Company is inspired by the idea of IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad of providing affordable well-designed products for all," he added.

Similarly to the Swedish company's furniture, the huts are provided in pieces that can be efficiently packed flat and assembled on site. Rather than being built by professional craftspeople, the cabins can be put together by a small group working together.

The assembly involves minimal site work, and the design is modular and scalable. This flexibility allows the design to be used in different ways.