The Woodland Cabin

The Woodland Cabin

The Woodland Cabin is a small lakeside cabin on the edge of woodlands in the village of Nouvelles, Belgium. The new 35m² (377ft²) cabin was created by London-based De Rosee Sa architecture practice to replace an old dilapidated timber structure.

The brief was to create a woodland cabin that could function as a picnic & BBQ venue, a guesthouse and a studio. It needed to be lightweight, simple and economical. Furthermore it had to be built of timber beams and cladding that had been milled from trees in the surrounding woods by Max de Rosee’s father. To capture the surrounding natural beauty, its openings respond to the outside views and approaches to the cabin. The internal space has been designed for various uses including working, sleeping and socialising, and is heated by a wood burning stove. Working within a £25,000 budget, the practice undertook the construction of the cabin on its own during various trips over to Belgium. Materials used included concrete strip foundations, a suspended timber floor on brick dwarf walls, external timber cladding, which had been specially treated with used tractor oil, and internal OSB cladding. The Woodland Cabin was nominated for an AJ Small Spaces award.

All images © Will Scott / De Rosee Sa

The project was photographed by Will Scott, a London/Edinburgh-based photographer and film maker, who shoots the built environment using a variety of techniques (stills, time-lapse and video) from the ground and from the air.  He was to shoot both stills and a short film showing the cabin in situ within a single day and with a weather forecast that was not good at all.  Scott went for long exposure shots with the building lit by the full moon and the final result, as you will see, came up looking incredibly beautiful helping the project to gain coverage in the most significant architecture and design publications.

Established in 2007 by Max de Rosee and Claire Sa, De Rosee Sa is an architecture practice based in London offering a full range of architecture services. Their work consists predominantly of converting existing buildings sensitively for contemporary uses. At the core of their philosophy is the conviction that high quality architecture adds value; this is what inspires them and drives their creativity.

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