Cabin In the Woods

 

Cabin In The Woods blurs the boundaries, between the building and its surroundings, and between indoor and outdoor spaces. Indoor and outdoor living spaces are suspended in between constellation of vertical wooden poles making one feel like living in-between trees.

 

CONNECTION WITH NATURE

The users can constantly rearrange, readjust the outdoor areas depending on the seasons or activity they want to do on that time. The outdoor living spaces count a dining area, a barbecue kitchen, a shower and sauna as well as a sitting space with a bonfire. The inhabitants can rearrange the outdoor areas to their liking and the posts provide support for shading structures, seating, hammocks or lighting.

The cabin provides both a connection to the outdoors through amorphous arrangement of wooden poles and a feeling of security and calmness. The boundary of the building is ambivalent as the poles solidify and dissolve creating a solid facade, openings, windows and a terrace.

 

SUSTAINABLE PASSIVE DESIGN

Part of the cabin is elevated from the ground to amplify the feeling of living in between the trees and reduce the building footprint. The poles support the floor, giving a feeling of being in a tree house. Triple glazed windows provide panoramic views and are equipped with overhangs to allow light in the winter and prevent sun overheat in the summer. The central element is a kitchen stove that works as a kachelofen, distributing radiant heat in the floor void into the bedroom and sitting room.

 

NON-TOXIC BUILDING MATERIALS

The posts are made of charred timber, a chemical free technique to preserve wood using fire and oil. Indoor materials are charred wood, vegetable-tanned leather, velvet and locally sourced natural stone and slate.

 

 

Design: Bilska de Beaupuy

Location: France

Project year: 2017

Project status: concept design

Visuals: Bilska de Beaupuy

 Facade of the cabin is made of charred timber.

Facade of the cabin is made of charred timber.

 Vertical timber poles relate to the language of trees in the forest. 

Vertical timber poles relate to the language of trees in the forest. 

 Charred timber poles provide support for the terraces and shading.

Charred timber poles provide support for the terraces and shading.

 Vegetable-tanned leather on the floor provides warmth to the interior. 

Vegetable-tanned leather on the floor provides warmth to the interior. 

 The central kitchen stove works as a kachelofen, distributing radiant heat in the floor void into the bedroom and sitting room.

The central kitchen stove works as a kachelofen, distributing radiant heat in the floor void into the bedroom and sitting room.

 Windows and courtyard provide visual connection to the outdoors.

Windows and courtyard provide visual connection to the outdoors.

 Charred timber walls give unique character to the interior.

Charred timber walls give unique character to the interior.

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