Not all forest homes look like rustic, handcrafted log cabins—take, for example, this modern abode tucked away in the forests of Potsdam, Germany. Designed by architecture firm Claim, the House in the Woods was built for a couple and their guests. Despite the small amount of land available for construction, the architects succeeded in designing a cabin that included all the required number of beds and rooms, as well as a sense of spaciousness that belies its size.
The compact House in the Woods comprises two angled cuboids (each about 60 square meters in size) that split the structure into a living area and a sleeping area. The slightly angled floor plan directs views into the old forest growth while allowing for a triangular outdoor patio that spans the southern part of the home. The facade is clad in wood and painted a matte black to cloak it against the surrounding woods. In contrast to the mostly closed north facade, the recessed southern facade is painted white and punctuated with floor-to-ceiling windows.
The western “living area” cuboid contains the main entrance, kitchen, and open-plan living room and dining room that overlook the south-facing glazed doors and views of the outdoors. A wooden wall insert next to the dining area marks the bend in the floor plan and where the home transitions from common use to private use. The eastern “sleeping area” cuboid houses a guest room, bathroom, and master suite. White walls, light-colored timber surfaces and floors, access to natural light and the outdoors, as well as wall-embedded storage help maintain a sense of spaciousness in the home.
Images via Claim