A husband and wife design duo has launched a new prefab line of cabins that can be expanded from one to four bedrooms and with such features as saunas and outdoor showers.
Koto (pronounced ko-to) is the traditional Finnish word for “cosy at home,” and the company believes the Scandinavian architecure a and the minimalist design will help people connect with nature. “We are creating beautiful small buildings that allow people to connect with nature and embrace outdoor living,” the company says.
Founded by Theodore Dales and husband and wife duo Zoe and Johnathon Little, who once worked for the international architecture and interior design firm Snøhetta, Koto offers a range of minimalist off-the-shelf housing.
Koto’s modular concept allows for flexible living. Each living space becomes a separate design exercise that allows designers to create unique experiences in each space.
“Throughout the buildings, expansive concealed storage walls maximize floor space and maintain the clean aesthetic,” the company says. “The space is flooded by natural light, cozy nooks, and generous bespoke window seats, maximising use of space whilst connecting the user to the outside world.”
The units have a relatively small footprint, but the tall diagonal ridge opens up the spaces, and the extra volume and light give the illusion of spaciousness. Each bedroom is designed to feel like a private retreat within the landscape, the company explains, and key pieces of furniture from Hay have been curated to create a calm, minimal environment. Each one features concealed storage walls and fold down beds.
“Even though each ‘pod’ boasts a large glazed facade, they can be orientated in such a fashion they will always remain private,” the company explains. “Continuing the Nordic aesthetic, each cabin has a Morsoe wood burning stove and neutral interiors create calm and elegant spaces.”
The interiors in the ensuite bathroom offer dark colors and copper Lusso fixtures, while a black outdoor shower and add-on sauna cabin all add to the spa experience.
“The collection of Koto buildings within the landscape can be added to (or taken from), reconfigured to the needs of the client and the constraints of the site,” the company says. “They are designed to last a lifetime and can even be relocated to a totally different site years later.”
Koto offers bespoke design services upon request and is available to meet with clients to discuss their projects. Prefab units are available worldwide, including Canada and the U.S.