Forest Retreat sits between a rock and a hard place
July 4, 2014
Forest-based shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely are they smaller, nor do they take their place amongst their surroundings better, than the aptly-named Forest Retreat by Czech firm Uhlik Architekti. The Central Bohemia-based project serves as a remote bolt hole for its Prague owner.
The Forest Retreat measures just 16 sq m (172 sq ft), and operates completely off-grid, with no lights, electricity, running water, or toilet – so presumably the occupants would be required to make like the proverbial bears and avail themselves of the forest when nature calls.
There is at least a small wood burning stove installed, and the shelter contains two windows which are covered by shutters. The larger of the two shutters is operable by hand winch and opens to create a small porch area.
Owing to its remarkable placement partly atop a boulder, the Forest Retreat slopes upwards considerably inside. There's just one room but Uhlik Architekti made the most of the available space and inserted four large steps which serve as both seating areas and storage. One step can also form a double bed by manipulating the lid using a hinge mechanism.
The Forest Retreat is supported by a joisted framework which was constructed from local timber by local carpenters, and sports charred board cladding. The interior is sparsely finished with OSB boards (Oriented Strand Board: an engineered wood board), and the winch mechanism and water drainage was also created by a local blacksmith.