Set on the waterfront of the Fragrant Lake of Huanggang City, the Sprite Cabin is part of the series of distinctive, natural getaway homes building plan by Wuhan-based practice Wiki World. The cabin is located adjacent to the inner lake peninsula and takes the form of crystal-shaped wooden dwellings surrounded by a bamboo forest.
The geometric structure emerges from three hexagonal plans, sharing one edge, comprising the living room, bedroom and bathroom. The three-peaked volumes are wrapped in wooden shingles where the cutting surface of the crystal forms an entrance and an irregularly shaped viewing window.
Constructed entirely of laminated wood, the outer facade features a rustic, fish-skin-like shell, while the inner surface is made of reflective aluminium plates. Each irregular component and node are customised and designed through digital technology to achieve a complete on-site assembly.
The cabins have a prefabricated wooden structure with irregular window openings and a quaint pattern. The project adheres to the natural construction concept by retaining the vegetation and trees in place and protecting the woodland.
The cabins employ hand-fired carbonised boards on the facade, in continuation with the original wildwood construction method.
In conclusion, the design beautifully responds to the surrounding environment, adapting to the external stimuli and emerging as a part of the landscape.