Vipp Shelter: The Perfect Escape From Urban Chaos

Tapping into the global trend for modular housing, Denmark designers Vipp have made a ‘plug and play getaway’ that allows you to escape urban chaos in a 55m2 all inclusive nature retreat.

Think of it as a “battery charging station for humans,” says Kasper Egelund from Vipp.

‘Shelter,’ is a factory-made metal and glass dwelling comes pre-filled with Vipp’s line of homeware products. It is designed down to the last detail, (everything from the bedsheets to the toilet brush are included). So the only choice left to the customer is where to put it.


The simple steel grid structurally supports the two level space and nature is omnipresent within the all-glass, transparent shell.

“Vipp is rooted in the manufacture of industrial objects, so the term ‘shelter’ is a typology that allows us to define this modern escape as a product inspired by large volume objects such as airplanes, ferries and submarines,” explains chief designer Morten Bo Jensen.

The company’s philosophy is a simple and honest one – to fill the world with fewer, but better products. Favouring staying power over fading trends.




“The starting point of the Vipp shelter is going back to basics; back to nature with basic functions defining a dense, compact space wrapped in the Vipp DNA with a clear aesthetic coherence and use of solid materials.”
– Morten Bo Jensen, chief designer.




A roaring Spartherm corner wood fire brings colour to an otherwise monochromatic palette. The landscape is purposely framed, turning it into the predominant element of the interior space fitted with a dark-toned interior carefully selected to keep focus on nature.



The bed loft, accessed via a ladder, is flooded with light from skylight windows. Again offering a retreat into nature.



Prefabricated just north of Copenhagen, each steel-framed cabin takes six months to produce and three to five days to install. The cost is €485,000 (NZ$759,220), which does not include transportation.



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