Piet Hein Eek Camouflaged Log Cabin

Anything but your conventional log cabin home, one might see this structure atop a mountain or on a lake and and think it a pile of rough-cut wood logs rather than a cleverly camouflaged modular living and work space.

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Designed by Piet Hein Eek for musician Hans Linberg, the ‘logs’ are merely a wood building facade covering a prefabricated plastic and steel frame. The ‘cabin’ is actually a recording studio for now, but would work just well as a mobile forest home or disguised hunting blind.

Piet Hein Eek Camouflaged Log Cabin after dark

Rectangular in overall shape with likewise angular window openings, this seems to have little in common with traditional cabins but then again: many modern cabins are likewise built with fake facades – this one simply shows off its artificial nature more overtly.

It might just be a novelty for some people, but a camouflaged cabin like this can come in handy for less-than-legal applications, whether you want to get away with building a retreat on public land or having an off-grid cabin without a permit.

Piet Hein Eek Camouflaged Log Cabin inside
Piet Hein Eek Camouflaged Log Cabin view

From ICON Magazine:

“The tree-trunk exterior encases a steel frame salvaged from a builders’ yard. The facade is made up of small cross-sections of tree trunk, arranged and positioned by hand then fixed with glue and copper brackets. This puzzling effect extends over the window-covers to complete the log-pile illusion when the cabin is unoccupied.

Piet Hein Eek Camouflaged Log Cabin windows open
Piet Hein Eek Camouflaged Log Cabin close up

The plywood interior – Eek uses the cheapest variety as “it has the richest texture” – is an unexpected contrast to the exterior. It is modern and clean with pale-blue walls that work with the panoramic shuttered windows to give the room a bright and fresh feel.”

“Colorful bespoke upholstery, minimalist storage and simple furniture complete the perfect space for long working hours. The latest in a series of log cabins and garden houses from the designer who made his name with scrap-wood furniture, this project is pure Eek. The cabin is on wheels to bypass building regulations.”