Voxel Quarantine Cabin
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In response to the demands of the current pandemic, a team of students and researchers from Valldaura Labs' Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities have created an innovative quarantine cabin. Nestled in the Collserola natural park, the Voxel Quarantine Cabin is composed of sustainably-sourced materials that make it a self-sufficient retreat for one person to sequester for up to fourteen days.
The cabin has been constructed with cross-laminated timber panels made from forty Aleppo Pine trees milled, dried, processed, and pressed on-site. Lap joints and wooden dowels secure the panels in place, while cork insulation provides additional comfort. Offcuts from the processing of raw pine boards were treated with Shou Sugi Ban, a traditional Japanese technique, while garden boxes covered the roof. The cabin is equipped with three solar panels, independent battery storage, rainwater collection systems, greywater recycling facilities, and black-water treatment – all making it a completely off-grid structure.
This genius example of eco-friendly architecture not only provides total safety and independence but also offers an artistic escape into nature, creating a restful yet productive haven away from society's everyday routine during these difficult times. With its renewable energy systems and sustainable building techniques, this exquisite quarantine cabin can be seen as an inspiring reminder that humans can live harmoniously with nature even in extraordinary circumstances.