This Magical Lakeside Cabin By De Rosee Sa Architects Looks Like A Witch’s Hut
There is a certain comfort about being isolated from the world, and cabins built within forested areas give people a sense of reprieve from the modern world – this beautiful lakeside cabin designed by De Rosee Sa Architects provides exactly that.
Known as the Woodland Cabin, this small black hut was built in the woods nearby the village of Nouvelles, Belgium and shares many characteristics with the witches homes found in fairy tales and movies.
The cabin was commissioned by De Rosee‘s father and the architectural team was responsible for every step of the project from designing to construction, which meant several field-trips from the UK to the Belgian countryside.
Starting with the idea to give the cabin a rustic look, the architecture studio designed the 35-square-metre with an all-black exterior, a steeply pitched roof and a smoking chimney. Both the structure and external cladding are wood, built using trees felled and milled from the surrounding woodland.
Inside, wooden ceiling beams are left exposed overheard, while walls are lined with oriented strand board (OSB) – a type of engineered panel made up of wooden strands. Apart from a wood-burning stove that provides the building’s heating, there are no fixed furnishings in the main space. This allows it to accommodate different activities, from working to sleeping or socializing.
While the little house is the most traditional-looking structure, it has a strange, uncanny air, that is mainly due to the magical surrounds and the black paint of the exterior. To create the black facade, the architects mixed wood stain with recycled tractor engine oil. The trick makes the cabin indeed look like a witch’s hut, adding a basic structure and otherworldly twist.
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