Designed by Bernd Riegger, the House for the Forest Owls is a stunning minimalist cabin set in the Austrian wilderness. Located in the Wolfurt region, the one-room structure is an amazing example of environmentally-blended architecture that is built with an educational purpose in mind. The aim of the project is to facilitate a hands-on experience with forestry observation, enabling students and scientists to coexist with and study up close woodland animals in their natural habitat.
The cabin, which cost $18,000 to build, is considered a peaceful, non-intrusive method of conducting an meaningful learning experience within “ecological contexts.” Accordingly, the large patio is equipped with many ledges in order to entice forest creatures of all types to share space within the wooden structure.
To enhance the observation experience from the interior, a singular bench and table face an immense horizontal window that allows environmentalists to never lose sight of their outdoor subjects.
Photos by Adolf Bereuter