Paying tribute to the mythologies and fairy houses of the woods with its dark timber facade and slightly flaring roof, Forest House is a small, private cabin tucked within the pines of Brandenburg, Germany. From the back or side, the structure seems deceptively unremarkable, but a glazed wall on the back side opens it up to the landscape, giving it a dollhouse-like feel.
Atelier ST architects designed the cabin as a weekend getaway in a natural setting that feels remote, yet is still located within the southern area of the city of Berlin. The property originally served as the setting for a summer house from 1926, which was too damaged and decayed to renovate.
The architects wanted to preserve the timeless fairytale cottage feel with a new design. Placed on the original building site, Forest House is entirely made of wood, with a bright white interior that contrasts with its Black Forest-inspired exterior.
The large windows on the back side open onto a small protected alcove that offers a space to sit outdoors, even in inclement weather. Inside, lots of white-painted wood makes the small space feel larger and more open than it really is.
“A new wooden house stands in the middle of a large, wooded lot characterized by pine trees. In its simple form, it integrates with grown nature and gives the impression that it has always been there. At the same time, the external appearance, with a slightly sweeping roof and dark wooden facade, plays with the mythologies and fairy tales of houses in the forest.”
“The dark building is accentuated by a cut in the building in connection with a few deliberately placed facade openings. In contrast to the dark brown building, these openings are painted white. These colored accents also refer to the interior, which is lined on all sides with white painted wooden cladding.”