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The Climber’s Cabin by AR Design Studio

7 May 2022

Design: AR Design Studio, Architects

Location: Southern England, UK

The Climber’s Cabin by AR Design Studio, England

Photos by Martin Gardner

The Climber’s Cabin in Southern England

The Climber’s Cabin is a new project recently completed by award-winning, Winchester based Architects AR Design Studio. Sitting between the edge of deciduous woodland and a stream, its purpose is to serve as guest accommodation and as an independent space for the children as they grow older.

The Climber’s Cabin by AR Design Studio, England

The brief was to create a compact, off the grid, self-build ancillary space for their house. With the client having little experience of construction, part of the brief was to design the cabin such that it could be self built. Specialist trades were minimised, making use of straightforward construction methods and using sustainable, locally sourced materials. As the scheme was constructed across Lockdowns, this allowed much of the work to be carried out by the client with support from friends.

The Climber’s Cabin by AR Design Studio, England

At just 25sqm and a brief to sleep four, space was at a premium. The cabin started out as a 6x4m box which was then manipulated in a pragmatic manner to maximise the available floor area. To begin with the roof was pitched in order to make space for a mezzanine. Then the volume was increased on one side to provide space for storage without compromising floor space. Finally, the front truss was rotated towards the north west in order to create a trap for the late evening sun and allow for a small sheltered terrace.

The Climber’s Cabin by AR Design Studio

A large terrace wraps around the side of the cabin for use during the warmer months. An adaptable living space to the front takes advantage of the large picture window while at the rear there are two children’s bunks with a double bed over at mezzanine level. Smaller windows provide framed views of the woodland from the sleeping spaces.

The Climber’s Cabin by AR Design Studio

The cabin is constructed around four A-Frame trusses. These were fabricated off site and erected in a similar fashion to a barn raising, resting atop simple pad foundations and brick piers. Upcycled scaffold boards form the interior finishes while locally sourced cedar shingles clad the exterior. Between is a thick layer of insulation, ensuring that the Cabin remains warm all year round and minimising its heating requirements. This sustainable approach to the construction gives a very natural texture to the building and emphasises the relationship with the surrounding woodlands.

The Climber’s Cabin by AR Design Studio

The result is a tranquil space that makes use of natural materials, glass and its context to create a real sense of connection to the surrounding woodlands and provide a small escape from the everyday.

Contemporary English garden space

AR Design Studio is an RIBA chartered architect’s practice, based in Winchester, Hampshire, specialising in elegant and imaginative contemporary new homes, extensions, renovations, interiors and multi-plot developments.

AR Design Studio’s architectural expertise and flair has been recognised by winning a number of prestigious industry awards including the British Home Awards 2020, UK Property Awards 2019, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Southeast Award 2018, the RIBA Southwest Award 2017 and the American Architecture Award 2017, in addition to being longlisted for Grand Designs House of the Year Award 2018. With a comprehensive knowledge of planning, AR Design Studio has built a stunning portfolio of bespoke residential projects.

The Climber’s Cabin interior design

The Climber’s Cabin Property – Building Information

Architect: Jonathan Oswald, Architect / Andy Ramus, Director AR Design Studio, Winchester, UK


Glulam Timber: Buckland Timber –
Structural Engineer: AWA Engineers –
Size: Proposal – 25sqm

Photographer: Martin Gardner –

AR Design Studio
Calpe House, 20 Little Minster Street, Winchester, SO23 9HB, England, UK

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