A hut in the Parc des Pyrénées (France), made of stone, with a vegetal roof. (click to enlarge)

A hut in the Parc des Pyrénées (France), made of stone, with a vegetal roof. (click to enlarge)


A wood hut

A wood hut


Philippine nipa hut made of palm, bamboo and other local materials

Philippine nipa hut made of palm, bamboo and other local materials


Ski huts along trails provide winter shelter

Ski huts along trails provide winter shelter


Huts are extremely practical, low cost shelters. While almost the same as a cabin, huts tend to be smaller and simpler. Huts are used for skiing, camping, lodging along trails and in wilderness areas (see Appalachian Trail Shelters), emergencies, housing for the poor or as shelter while a more permanent home is being built. Although many times huts are temporary, they can be designed and built to last many years.

“A hut is a temporary shelter built with materials found nearby. It is generally built manually in a natural environment with local materials: branches, leaves, logs, bushes, etc. Less commonly, it can also be made of materials such as metal (iron), cloth or plastic (sheeting), and be located in an unnatural area such as a backyard or on the water (stilts). The hut can be used as a place to live or just as a storing place. It can also be a shelter and a camouflage for hunting, fishing or simple observation of wildlife. Besides, building a small hut, at home or in a forest is a playful and cooperative activity for children. The hut is essential where self-construction is needed, in areas where vehicles cannot access. But beyond self-construction, the hut is an eco-construction which can be an ecological lifestyle, primitivist (denigration of industrial technologies), or simply unconventional choice (natural materials).”

Source: Ekopedia
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Image source: Top Design Mag (27 beautiful hut photos)


Comments

Huts — 2 Comments

  1. Oh, the huts are so cool. My wife is from the Philippines. She was born in a nippa hut and spent her early years living in one on her grandparents farm.
    Keep up the great work you do Owen.
    Salamat!
    Michael

    • I think bamboo/thatch huts are one of the lowest impact type of houses. The materials will quickly decompose back into the earth if abandoned.

      The same materials can be used to build something really nice. You don’t have to live in a hut.

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