The Artist Bothy Hut is a compact cabin that can be loaded onto the back of a truck and then delivered just about anywhere. The pet project of school chums Bobby Niven and Iain MacLeod, the Bothy Hut measures a compact 12.25 square meters. It’s footprint only covers 5.5 by 3 meters. The name Bothy comes from a Scottish term for shelter, and that’s an apt description for this tiny cabin.
The footprint may be small, but that doesn’t mean the cabin is uncomfortable. The gabled ceiling creates a more spacious feel to the cabin. A loft bed is accessed by a ladder. Below the loft sits the kitchen with sink, table, and bench as well as cabinet space. The structure is built of cross-laminated timber and is clad in sheets of russet Corten Steel and Scottish larch. The windows are double-glazed, and wood fiber insulation keeps the warmth of the wood-burning stove inside. A small wrap-around patio is attached to one corner of the cabin. The cabin is designed to operate completely off-grid, which is important considering that it can end up anywhere.
A Bothy has already been installed in the wooded area of the Cairngorms National Park. Artists looking for isolation so that they can finish their work may find the Bothy to be the muse they need.