A quiet and modest meditative retreat has popped up on the lakeshore of a remote forest in Isdammen, Norway. Designed by Norwegian architect Marianne Borge, the Woody15 is a tiny one-room cabin that makes up for its no-frills design with picturesque views of a small lake and dense surrounding forest. The small structure was constructed from 29 cross-laminated timber planks for easy assembly and disassembly.
Elevated atop concrete plinths, the 188-square-foot cabin sits lightly on the landscape while its untreated wooden facade blends into the natural surroundings. Although Woody15 is unsuitable as a permanent house on its own—the structure lacks a kitchen, bathroom, and electricity—it could serve as an annex or as temporary nature retreat. A small wood-burning stove heats the cabin.
Natural light pours into the wooden structure through large glazed windows. The glass sliding doors located at the front of the structure frame views of the small lake and forest. Norwegian design-build firm Massiv Lust produced Woody15’s cross-laminated timber elements.
Images via Marianne Borge