Introducing Mori – a sustainable jewel in the heart of the forest


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Introducing Mori – a sustainable jewel in the heart of the forest

Introducing Mori – a sustainable jewel in the heart of the forest

‘Mori’, Japanese for forest, has been designed as a holiday home offering room for four people, with a clear focus on sustainability. We stepped inside to see how it was done…

external view of Mori tinyhouse in the forest with fairylights and plungepool

Mori, a property that couldn’t be more connected to nature if it tried, was built using the wabi-sabi approach, which foregrounds seven Japanese principles. The three main concepts of the tiny house are durability, simplicity, and imperfection. The pared-down yet refined interior design extends through to the bathroom where selected pieces from the Happy D.2 Plus collection from Duravit enhance the sense of wellbeing.

view of the bathroom in Mori tiny house using duravit bathroom fittings

Image credit: Muk van Lil

The owners created sketches of the façade and the floor plan which were then realised by a local construction company. Because Mori is located within the forest, good insulation and durable workmanship were hugely important. The base of the house is made from robust wood and the interior walls are clad with straightforward plasterboard. In terms of the careful selection of materials, the developers placed great importance on durable, natural, and recyclable materials in addition to the aesthetics and optics. For example, the walls are painted with a natural chalk paint and the floors are covered with the world’s only 100-percent recyclable PVC flooring.

lounge and seating space inside the sustainably designed Mori tinyhouse

Image credit: Muk van Lil

Using a few selected furnishing items and a harmonious colour concept with bright, natural colours combined with wood tones, the house owners were able to create a stylish and warm atmosphere with an inviting sense of wellbeing. The pellet stove which generates a cosy heat on cold days also plays its part. Despite the minimalist floor plan, the Mori tiny house does not feel cramped. This is due in part to the sizeable window surfaces which draw the view outward to the surrounding landscape.

the indoor shower connects to outdoor shower with Duravit fittings in matt black inMori tinyhouse Happy D.2 Plus range from Duravit in the bathroom at Mori

The interior design concept is followed through in the bathroom with refined and durable furnishings from the Happy D.2 Plus range from Duravit – a true feel-good experience for the guests. The ceramic washbasin in white is connected to a floor-standing, height-adjustable metal console in Black Matt with a combined towel holder. The integrated drawer in brushed walnut has a practical seating element added on the side, and the resulting storage space adds to the tidy aesthetics. The visual highlight is a circular mirror with ambient light, a coloured light switching function, and mirror heating. The shower area is connected to an outside shower and features a Stonetto shower tray made from DuraSolid Q, the matt surface of which creates the impression of authentic stone. The finishing touch to the bathroom furniture is the shower toilet SensoWash Starck f, which offers hygienic cleanliness, high operating convenience, and sustainable design.

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Main image credit: Muk van Lil

Introducing Mori – a sustainable jewel in the heart of the forest
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