Cabin for one dweller
Karol Wojtas, codesigner
Winner | Vectorworks Benelux Design Prize 2019
How to inhabit a spectacular but fragile environment? This project aims to create an eco-cabin in the dense forest of Europe. To allow the cabin a close proximity to the surrounding nature, it is burrowed into the ground. Its crown-like appearance is allowed by the repetitive wooden ribs that accentuate its vertical relation to the forest. All the functions fall under the unified volume of the cabin. A meditation area is created near the circular patio. Walking in the forest, both spaces are visible: the shelter in the form of an orthogonal box and the meditation area under the curved roof.
The Wood_Stock hut was realised in response to the competition “Festival des Cabanes” 2018. The open competition aims to sensitize visitors to the fragile natural ecosystem of the Savoie territory. The hut is an interpretation of the wood piles which one can observe in this territory. The piles result from yearly maintenance cuts in the forest by the National Forestry Office. A simple change of positions of the logs provide a playful pile where one can climb, sit together or simply meditate by the sound of the water stream.
The project is only made of local logs, holding together with notches. The logs are left raw to respect local eco-systems. Once the festival over, the dry logs will be reused for the village nearby. The site will be left without any mark of the installation.