The replacement of an old cabin on a lake shore in northern Czech Republic respects the unique natural character of the site and follows the cabin’s original outline. The brief of the project was to provide an all year round retreat for the clients’ sailing passion, with minimum typology and maximum visual connections to the lake and the surrounding pine forest. The single pitch is a result of internal spatial planning as well as the relationship to the lake – shore axis represented by the mooring pier as a principle access point.
Wood was chosen for the primary material as a means of relating the cabin to its dense forest environs by referencing the surrounding pine trees. The slatted timber shutters when partially closed allow a soft natural light to filter into the cabin as if through the canopy of a tree. The vertical wood cladding lends a translucent quality to the cabin’s exterior, resulting in a lightweight building that is sensitive to its natural environment.
The use of wood also minimised the disruption caused by construction, allowing the cabin to sit slightly raised above the undisturbed forest terrain below. The timber components were laser cut offsite and assembled in just one and a half weeks, with the building phase completed before the onset of winter.
The interior of the cabin is accessible through the large window opening and is designed as a continuous space open to the roof. The tall end includes a sleeping gallery with a compact black box underneath containing minimal kitchen, toilet and shower facilities. The continuity of the interior is enhanced by the unifying jangled timber cladding sealed in white oil finish, which gives it a feeling of a cave like retreat.