Czech architects Uhlik Architekti designed a tiny timber forest retreat for a client who wanted a quiet haven where he could "hole up" and recharge away from his demanding work life in Prague. To scout a location, the architects returned to the client's childhood stomping grounds in a remote forested area situated between the Czech Republic's Central and South Bohemia. The compact structure was built from locally sourced wood taken from already felled trees that were milled by local craftsmen.
Finished with blackened timber and rabbet joints, the periscope-shaped retreat features two large glazed openings that let in natural light and direct views towards two different directions in the landscape. Large wooden shutters can be closed over the windows at night. The simple and lightweight volume rests freely on the landscape, with the back of the structure elevated atop a giant boulder.
The interior, which measures just a hair under 200 square feet, consists of a single room lined with light-colored oriented strand boards. Although small, the space is multifunctional: the large steps double as seating or sleeping areas and can be opened up to reveal storage space underneath. The steps can also be turned over to create a double bed. Constructed with local materials and labor, the low-impact retreat was assembled over the course of a few extended weekends and completed in spring 2013.
Images via Uhlik Architekti