Flake House by OLGGA Architects



Flake House is a two-piece, transportable log cabin by French architects OLGGA.


Originally designed in 2006 for the CAUE 72 competition Petites Machines à Habiter (for which it was shortlisted), the cabin will be exhibited at the Festival Estuaire 2009 in Nantes, France next month.


Festival Estuaire runs from 5 June to 16 August.


Photographs are by Fabienne Delafraye, sketches by OLGGA Architects.


Further information from OLGGA Architects follows:


Flake House

The flake house, a nomadic, road-gauged dwelling, has been conceived to clad the places wherever it lands, as to transpose them in an unusual vision. A poetic shelter, a “folie”, that merges low-tech and hi-tech. The interior finish is smooth and stripped down as to contrast with the traditional look of the external log cladding.


OLGGA sets-up its flake house on the Festival Estuaire 2009 à Nantes


Created in 2006 for the competition “Petites machines à habiter” held by the  CAUE 72, OLGGA’ proposal for this nomadic wooden shelter is based on the concept of the "folie", where the wooden structure is broken in two halves establishing a radical spatial boundary while materializing an unexpected entry sequence.


An object, recalling a broken branch, whose unconventional scale is the main idea of the project: to be built-up, taken down, moved, put down, left behind or taken along, inhabited or left to it’s surrounding.


First a short-listed entry in the competition that gave birth to the concept, then winner of the “Lauriers de la construction bois” of the Salon du Bois in Grenoble in 2007, the flake house causes curiosity and desire.


This year, it is in Nantes (FRANCE) where it will lay home between the 5 june and 16 august at the Festival Estuaire Nantes/ St Nazaire organized by the Lieu Unique.


The Flake house will be located on the site of Frossay (Le Carnet). I.C.I.! (Instant Carnet Island) is a temporary refuge of micro-architectures and light habitat meeting based on the bank of the Loire and open to anybody.


At the end of the festival, the flake house will find a new owner..... The units will be on auction via internet.



Posted on Friday May 22nd 2009 at 12:05 am by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Is using logs sustainable? Is this the most efficient strategy given that each log is one tree? Would you not have more pieces if the log is milled?

    • Mark

      You’re misunderstanding sustainability. You may have more boards but now you need a frame to attach them to. Milling wood also uses energy, water and produces waste that needs to be recycled. Then there is the issue of paint or stain to treat the boards afterward. But all that being said, this is not supposed to be an effort in sustainability. It’s Pet architecture – totally useless but pretty, no?

  • Indi

    So cute, but kitchen, bathroom, etc?

  • such a beauty…..

  • yrag

    Back Woods Modernism?

    Seems kinda gimmicky to me.


    very fun project, but the log-ends as a facade are don’t at all contribute as a building system, they seem to me to be just a gimmick. I get the point the its suposed to look like a stack of logs, but that is not architecture.

  • nice french concept between a japan micro house inside and a northern micro house outside…

  • ste

    like the idea and the gap between contemporary elements and raw material… but after the 5th picture i was dissapointed by the usage of the trees… they had to use half and/or quarter trees to make the roof and the edges… and that looks strange! i guess there would be other ways to build this thing with more elaborate constructions so we can have a “bunch of trees”…

  • Scott

    G(w)ood Job!!

  • Jeroen

    Funny. I like the original by Onix (playground in Groningen) better though.

  • scruces

    do as a bear does, and shit in the woods
    C’est vraiment genial, j’aime bien le concept

  • Marshal

    save trees…?

  • Vincent

    I only understood it when I scrolled down and reached the elevation drawings. The breakage is only perceived on the flat elevations and is lost in the realisation. As a built object it does not make any sense to me.

  • Dido

    Very nice concept! I like it.

  • mike

    of course its gimmicky you idiot.!

  • squeed

    i like it. ive lived in the woods several times in my travelling life and this would blend in very well as a woodland dwelling.. having a wood interior it could easily be built up inside to make a cosy home with a wood burner and the smaller building could be a sweat lodge or bathroom/ shower room.. think narrowboat/ barge.. it would be amazing if you could tow it as a caravan…

  • simply, fresh, open and soft : human maybe?

  • emma

    beautiful. i would love one!

  • tiffany

    piet hein eek was the first one doing this

  • hendra

    did ever thought about the sustainable issue in this project? such a waste of wood.

    • Mark

      Everything built is a waste. Existence is a waste. Do you drive a car? Live in a house? Have a computer? Buy groceries in a store? Live on this Earth?

      Go live in a cave or hole then talk about sustainability. Making such a comment is meaningless and hypocritical as you type it on your computer.

  • john

    i love the building, especially the interior.
    sustainability? …it is not like the forests of the world will be devoured to build these things! not to mention the poor innocent tree has grown back once this house has rotted away in 50 years. What is more sustainable than wood? …freaking eco-nazis.

  • fredrik

    This is cool.

    Timber is sustainable as get, at least where i come from.
    Why make it difficult, the simple is often best:)

  • val

    I was there, I saw it
    Something to do!

  • Bravooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amazing ideea

  • Mark

    I like how it looks like Sasquatch took one cabin and tore it in two with all the wood fragments lying around!