Part of the attraction of a cabin in the woods is that it helps distill life down to its essence: the shelter of four walls and the refuge that can be found only in a restful connection with nature. Now, cabins come in all shapes and sizes, from the rustic, hand-built kind, to rotating ones, to ultra-modern specimens that are complete departures from the stereotypical norm.
This glass cabin, built in the lake-filled region of the Netherlands called Loosdrechtse Plas by Rotterdam's 2by4-architects, is an impressive candidate for the last category. Measuring 215 square feet, it was built to replace an existing structure, and according to local regulations, the new building had to be of the same size as the old.
Clad with charred wood siding, the eastern and western walls are fully glazed, allowing plenty of sunlight to shine through.
Perhaps the most striking feature is the moveable wall -- which, when combined with sliding glass doors, completely dissolves one corner of the cabin, permitting the inhabitants to fully integrate themselves with the water and the greater landscape. The architects say:
One of the glass facades can be completely opened so that the wooden outdoor terrace becomes part of the interior. To lift the inside-outside barrier even more, the dark wooden facade can be folded open, creating a panoramic view to nature. The folded facade becomes an abstract perpendicular element that floats above the water. By opening this part of the facade the wooden floor of the living area is now directly connected to the water enabling the inhabitants to access the lake from the living room.
Inside, things are kept open and simple with the lack of partitions. There's built-in cabinet storage, a low-key galley kitchen, toilet and shower integrated into a double wall, and an elegant, suspended wood stove that apparently spins so that it can face the terrace for cozy nights spent outside.
It's a drop-dead gorgeous cabin with a modern flair, and has gained enough international interest that the firm is now planning to produce a more affordable prefab version that can be quickly constructed. For more information, visit 2by4-architects.