The general idea was to build two separate but similar cabins on a fictional rocky outcrop on a coastline somewhere in Europe. The style is very similar to some modern cabins found particularly in Scandinavian regions which is where I found my inspiration. The larger of the two cabins is the main residence, whilst the smaller structure is the studio; the pair being connected by a meandering boardwalk.
The most crucial element as always (in my opinion, that is) was siting the building correctly. As I was working with a fictional location in mind, I had more choice over this than might otherwise be the case. Regardless, the buildings were orientated so that they faced mainly south to make the most out of the sunlight. To prevent the structures causing unwanted shadows on one another, they were angled around 90 degrees apart. As a bonus, this also creates a wider view towards the south between the two buildings.
I envisaged this as predominantly an artists' residence and studio, but it could equally be used by almost anyone, especially those in creative fields. Alternately, with a few changes to the studio building, the pair could be used as a holiday home - all that would need changing is the addition of a bed where the work area of the studio currently is. Both buildings feature at least one balcony for use mainly in the summer months, but also copious amounts of full height doors and glazing to make the most of the views.
As has been noted elsewhere, both cabins have an open-plan layout. They also both have a wetroom, although the studios' wetroom is larger because it is not restricted by a corridor unlike the residence, which needs access to the bedroom at the rear. As the two cabins are designed to be used in tandem, this should be less of an issue.
The residence features two balconies - one accessible from the bedroom, and one from the living room. Both are accessed via full-height and width glass doors. From this aerial view we can see just how small the wetroom is, but it is a necessary compromise to keep the design simple. It's still quite usable though. The kitchen is L-shaped, maximising the space whilst still giving plenty of open room; being the entry point. A few steps lead up into the living room, helping to separate the spaces.
The studio exchanges the upper "living room" for an artist's area, and even includes its own large sink unit. The large glass balcony door offers plenty of inspiring views - making it an ideal place for creative work. I've shown an easel and paint rack here, although it doesn't take much to imagine it with other furniture for a different use. Note that the log burning stove is still present. Downstairs, we have the same sofa and coffee table from the residence, albeit with a set of cupboards on the wetroom wall.
Whilst the cantilever makes for a more complex build, it wouldn't be a far stretch to imagine the basic shell as having the potential for modular approach - particularly if the sub-base was made using steel sections instead of concrete. The larger structure above is made from two identically sized/shaped sections - one being a combined kitchen/lounge, and the other a combined bedroom/wetroom. I can imagine multiple such sections being placed around a central "hub" module - the number of sides would depend on the number of additional units needed. A triangular section obviously resulting in a 3-pronged building for example. Other potential ideas included adding skylights to bring in even more natural light, solar panels or other alternative renewable energy sources onto the roof, and even a covered or semi-covered walkway to join the two structures together in place of the boardwalk. I can imagine a corridor clad mainly in glass with the occasional pillar surrounded in the same cladding as the exterior of the structures would not only look great, but would also make for a pleasant way to seperate the cabin and studio whilst minimising visual impact on the natural landscape.