The Refugi Lieptgas is a very special little house located in Flims, in the Swiss Alps. It was created in 2013 by Swiss architects Selina Walder and Georg Nickisch from Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten, who deconstructed an alpine log cabin and created a concrete hideaway with the same footprint and form as its predecessor.
At first glance the house looks just like a traditional wooden hut but it’s actually not, as the architects had the idea to use the logs from the ruins of an old wooden cabin that stood in the exact spot as a formwork to create a negative image of its walls out of concrete. The original cabin structure remained, but its character has absolutely changed. The Refugi Lieptgas and its 40m² (430ft²) space was created to become a romantic and modern holiday home for people who like to experience themselves in a unique, extremely pure surrounding. The interior of the house is separated into two main areas, one to cook, eat and relax by the fireplace, and the other to retire yet have privacy for sleeping and bathing.
The house has been awarded with the 2013 Die Besten award in the “Architecture” category and has been featured in numerous print and online magazine and publications. For the past couple of years the house has been available for holiday rent and you can take a look at its brochure here.