Danish design studio Vipp recently debuted a fully-furnished, prefabricated shelter touted as a “plug and play getaway” and “all-inclusive nature retreat.” This ready-to-use, minimalist cabin is just 592 square feet and is designed to reunite man with nature by integrating into its surroundings with a steel facade and predominantly dark tones that defer to the surrounding scenery.
The bare-bones structure is comprised of 0.08 inch sheet metal mounted on a steel grid. Meanwhile, the ground-level living area resembles a glass display case with its enormous bay windows that flood the kitchen and dining area with natural light.(Courtesy Vipp)
Amenities such as electric-heated magnesite floors, a glass-encased fireplace, and remote-controlled skylights hardly befit a so-called “shelter”, but the term is applied to emphasize the no-frills, functional design where the focus is on the off-the-grid travel experience wherever you may choose to pitch your high-tech, $585,000 tent. “The starting point of the Vipp shelter is going back to basics; back to nature with function functions…” chief designer Morten Bo Jensen writes on Vipp’s official website.Where the living area and kitchen meet (Courtesy Vipp)
A longtime manufacturer of kitchen and bath modules, Vipp has stocked its shelter with own-brand products—and no stone is left unturned. The kitchen is even equipped with 12 drinking glasses and a cutlery set (and yes, a trivet for serving hot dishes)—and don’t worry about packing a towel or a toilet brush.
The fashion-conscious bathroom features a floating vanity made from powder-coated stainless steel, a reflective stainless steel ceiling from which to admire your reflection and black, powder-coated ridge walls. The bed loft area is accessible via ladder, and the luxe shelter as a whole sleeps up to four people, with a daybed on the ground floor spacious enough for two.
“It is neither a house nor a mobile home. Rather, it is a spacious, functional and livable industrial object,” the company claims on its website. Delivery time for a Vipp shelter verges on six months, with an installation period of 3–5 days. “To get your own getaway shouldn’t require lifting any fingers—except the one pointing to where you want it,” Jensen wrote, conveniently forgetting the disclaimer that a building permit is still required.(Courtesy Vipp) Daybed area on the ground floor (Courtesy Vipp)