Bohemian forest retreat balances incognito on boulder

Uhlik Architekti
© Uhlik Architekti

There's plenty of quaint-looking tiny houses that enable people to consciously downsize their belongings and needs for a lighter ecological footprint, but we are also captivated by minimalist styled microhomes, like this gorgeous cabin that has been cleverly balanced at one end on a large rock.

© Uhlik Architekti

Built recently near the south-central region of Bohemia in the Czech Republic, designers from Uhlik Architekti created this Forest Retreat ("Lesní útulna") for a stressed client from the city looking for a serene refuge.

Situated in hilly terrain, surrounded by trees, meadows and partially perched on a large boulder, the structure is blackened on the outside to help it blend with the forest.

Two large glass windows bracket the interior space, allowing great views but are equipped with fold-down shutters should there be need for privacy.

© Uhlik Architekti
© Uhlik Architekti

The interior is simple; clad only in plywood to keep costs down, and is heated with a small, simple wood stove. A series of multipurpose, occupiable steps leads up to the big window at the top, and you are now literally standing on top of that boulder. These wide steps are a nice touch, differentiating the space and allowing the client to sit, sleep, or lounge as needed.

© Uhlik Architekti
© Uhlik Architekti

According to the section drawing, the steps also double as storage, a nice touch.

© Uhlik Architekti

Once everything is shuttered, the retreat looks quite incognito, creating a sense of peaceful mystery.

© Uhlik Architekti

Standing like a silent sentinel of the forest, this unconventional little cabin has a lot of rock-solid charm. See more over at Uhlik Architekti.

Tags: Architecture | Czech Republic

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