There are times when all of us wish to move away from the constant noise that surrounds us and into a setting that is far more tranquil and healthy. A holiday retreat in the woods a summer vacation home perched on the edge of a lofty cliff and overlooking beautiful mountains or even a second home where you spend more than half the time each year enjoying the untouched jungle landscape around you – every one of these ideas does sound like an absolute dream! The hard part of it all is to have both the resources and the ability to build such structures in remote locations. That is until you come across the designed by MAPA.
This wooden cabin feels like a genuine part of the woods the red doors being the only element indicating that this mini home isn’t one with the trees. A log cottage that fits into the tiny house category is a great example of a minimalist housing concept. The beautiful log exterior creates a rustic ambiance and the simplistic white doors serve as a cute and alluring element.
Designed by ArchiBlox the natural slope of the lot coupled with a series of gum trees and lush green landscape defined the overall form of the new residence and its cantilevered living form.
Designed by Tobias Partners the house was originally built in 1980s and was in urgent need of a fresh modern makeover. Despite the difficult access to the lot and the constraints placed by the existing form of the house the interiors were completely opened up to welcome in gentle ocean breeze and a flood of natural light.
A long 150 foot curtainwall surrounds the house and gives it its distinct façade while large glass walls open the living area towards the view outside. With changing seasons one sees the varying sights and sounds of the landscape become a part of the interior giving it a beautiful and diverse backdrop.
By adding a large floor-to-ceiling glass window in the living area towards the south and the east the kitchen sitting zone and dining space now enjoy unabated view of the hypnotic scenery outside. Even the loft style bedroom gets a long window of its own that allows guests to take in the sights and sounds of Eidsvåg even as they soak in its comfort.
A wooden log cabin normally blends in with the natural environment but when that environment consists of mostly stone and big trees the dark wooden cottage absolutely stands out with its distinct brown color among the green and gray backdrop.