083 - A Hidden Stone in the Woods

Isabel Gómez García

Javier Serrano Fajardo

Seville, Spain




The cabin revolves around a main issue: how could we inhabit a place in such a way that the architecture becomes part of the environment in which it is inserted, but in a natural and logical way.
Without any show and in a simple and sensible way, as if it had always been waiting to be discovered, the cabin hopes to appropriate the surrounding landscape through a series of exchanges between it and the inhabitant. It’s just as a hidden stone in the woods found almost by chance that was waiting to be inhabited.



The cabin is based on simple, modulated and orthogonal geometry and volume. It aims to dialogue with nature and wild landscapes around it.
Rough, regular and proportionate serialization, the cabin is placed at this rough topography. Like a stone, it arises from the ground grabbing attention within uniform wood landscape where it is located.



The cabin twirls around its vertical axis looking for south, facing that receives the most sunlight throughout the year. Therefore, northern, which is the most disadvantageous orientation at this latitude, is reduced and the cabin is open to landscape.



A base made up from local rocks and stones, slightly modifieses the rough topography on which the house lays, raising it from the ground. Thus, its formal autonomy is protected along with protection from dampness and xylophages.



Northern façade as well as the southern one setback, hence boundaries between architecture and landscape become blurred. South façade is raised as a covered but open space, working as a threshold between landscape and cabin. A large window allows both framing views and catching as much light as possible. On the contrary, north façade is protected from harsh weather with another frame. It is a storage space for timber that will be slowly burnt inside until warm season arrives. Thus, it is a natural way to help cabin interior insulation.



Cabin interior is solved exclusively placing two prefabricated compact pieces of furniture. First one identifies each house slightly overtaking south façade; while keeping interior access, facilities, replace and storage. Second one, along northern façade, works as a thermal cushion at west orientation, while solving storage spaces, two beds and a study area.



In a subtle way roof sets up a slight slope, which will let snow slide just if there is too much of it. This way, a layer that works as a natural insulation for the cabin will always remain there. Two photovoltaic panels will contribute to energy generation for its self-functioning throughout the year.



Due to cabin configuration through that equipped furniture, we get a highly versatile and flexible interior space that allows its appropriation in diffrent ways.
The big south opening allows landscape to be framed in its best orientation, through a sliding woodwork that can be hidden inside furniture, blurring boundaries between interior and exterior, cabin and landscape.

Both equipped pieces of furniture allow several uses required throughout the day could to be solved. The cabinet firereplace incorporates the fireplace, solves access to the interior through a sliding door, collects cabin facilities (lighting and photovoltaic system) and allows storage inside too. The interior cabinet features two folding beds, a storage area and a study library area with a folding table and storage shelves.



On the basement that separates cabin from land, a simple and compact wood structure rises. Four facades and both slab enclosures are made with the same wood as the structure, overlapping layers following Canadian construction tradition to ensure a proper behaviour against water.
On the other hand, on the inside, compact pieces of furniture are designed so as they could be prefabricated and transported ready for placement, thus simplifying and significantly lowering construction time.

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