Can anything replace the traditional warmth and tactile aesthetic of an old log cabin? Architects Nickish Sano Walder gave it a go with their tiny holiday home for two in Graubünden, Switzerland. They took the logs of an existing cabin and used them as the form to cast new concrete walls, creating a negative of the logs. As a result, the ultra modern tiny house preserves the scale and even an impression of the materiality of the original structure.
Nickish Sano Walder used the logs of the wood construction as a form work for the concrete to create a fossilized version of the old barn. This way they captured some of the texture, age and character of the log home. The new tiny home incorporates the memory of the log cabin without having kept a single physical piece of it.
Critics say its too cold and impersonal. But I would argue that the concrete walls invoke an intimate, cave-like feeling. In addition, the concrete walls aren’t smooth either on the inside or the outside, they are textured, adding to the warmth and human scale of the house.
Via Tiny House Swoon