The Woodland Cabin

De Rosee Sa, Nouvelles , 2014


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  • The cabin at Night    
  • The cabin in silhouette    
  • Lakeside View     
  • Lakeside View     
  • View from the Woodland    
  • Daytime view across the lake    
  • South west view of the cabin    
  • South facade and external deck    
  • East Facade and external deck    
  • Roof detail     
  • The cabin interior    
  • Coat hooks    
  • Floor Plan    
  • South Elevation    
  • North Elevation    
  • East Elevation    
  • West Elevation    
  • Timber Frame West Elevation    
  • Timber Frame North Elevation    
  • Design Development    
  • Design Development     
  • Self Build Construction     
  • Self Build Construction     
  • Self Build Construction    
  • Self Build Construction     
  • Self Build Construction     

A self-build 'magical' lakeside cabin in rural Belgium.

A lakeside cabin on the edge of woodlands in the village of Nouvelles, Belgium. A self-build project, the new 35m2 cabin replaces a dilapidated timber structure.

The brief was to create a woodland cabin that could function as a picnic and BBQ venue, a guesthouse and a studio. It needed to be lightweight, simple and economical. Furthermore it had to be built of timber beams and cladding that had been milled from trees in the surrounding woods. To capture the surrounding natural beauty, its openings respond to the outside views and approaches to the cabin.

The practice undertook the construction of the cabin ourselves during various trips over to Belgium. Materials used include concrete strip
oundations, a suspended timber floor on brick dwarf walls, external timber cladding, which had been specially treated with used tractor oil, and internal OSB cladding.


  • Begun: Jun 2013
  • Completed: Mar 2014
  • Floor area: 36m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £25,000
  • Address: Rue de Robersart, Nouvelles , 67022, Belgium

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