The Voxel – A Self Sustaining Quarantine Cabin

A group of people from the IAAC have designed and built a beautiful quarantine cabin, called the Voxel.


Image Source: Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) Valldaura Labs

By: Aidan Musgrove, Journalist

A group of students and teachers from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) have designed and built a beautiful self-isolation quarantine cabin, called the volumetric pixel, or Voxel for short. This unique building is located near the Institutes campus in Collserola natural park. The Voxel is a quarantine cabin designed for the living of one person. The Voxel was designed and built during the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings and Biocities 2019-2020 master’s degree and was focused on research and education on self-sufficient buildings.

What is so amazing is that they only took 5 months to finish it, complete with electricity, water, and furnishings. All the wood was harvested within a 1-mile radius of the building and was all processed and the Institution. The project responds to the interest in producing a new generation of environmentally friendly buildings using cross-laminated timber, which is suitable to become a new material for constructing buildings that combat climate change. Cross-laminated timber is a type of wood put together and used as an alternative to concrete and metal.