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The Simplest Reading Cabin To Build


This traveling little library installation from artist Marta Wengorovius and architect Francisco Mateus is a cost-effective and minimal way to add space to your home in a design-savvy fashion. A fulfilling weekend project for almost anyone with basic assembly skills, this small space can be any sort of building you wish it to be. From extra storage to a meditation area to a home office, its uncluttered interior allows for adaptation to any purpose. The compact cabin is more than just a glorified shed, however. Its construction is much more solid and thought-out than a wood frame draped in metal like most sheds tend to be, creating a more permanent feel to the room. In addition, it had nods to habitation, with a finished-wood interior and a skylight in the gabled roof. The “reading cabin” can do much more than just books, and with a simple design and easy construction it’s a cost- and time-efficient way to expand your own home.


The cabin is most comfortable for a single person, which was the intent of its original design as a private reading space. However, it could be configured to fit two or even more if you so choose, replacing shelving and a bench with chairs.


Inside the initial concept for the reading cabin, a small mat sits underneath the library shelf to provide a sitting or lying place for a reader to enjoy their books. This same area could be used as a respite from daily bustle, providing a quiet place to relax or even get a little sleep.

Most of the cabin’s interior is kept intentionally bare and free from distraction to focus its occupant on the books of its library, but if you were to use it for another purpose you could add furniture, art, or even paint to the inside to match your own preferences.



The cabin can be set on a concrete slab, as well as a simple wooden pallet or even directly on the ground. It all depends on the permanence of the space and its intended interior environment.


Marta Wengorovius and Francisco Mateus
Photo credit: João Wengorovius


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