Shelter: Hidden Cabin

This cabin looks old, dilapidated, and crumbling. But wait 'til you see the inside.
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Mar 24, 2014 | By Chase Pellerin

Chances are pretty high that you have never been to Linescio. A micro-village nestled in the foothills of Switzerland; it covers only two and a half square miles and is home to less than a hundred people. Even more obscure is the architectural endeavor of Buchner Brundler—who decided to repurpose one of village’s dilapidated homes into their idea of a modern minimalistic summer home.

Ignoring the visual aesthetic of the exterior, which consists of 200-year-old stone masonry, the architects’ vision was to breathe new life into the home by giving its interior a complete revamp. Unconventional, to be sure, this space transformed from a humble shelter to a contemporary experiment in architecture.

Designed to accommodate only seasonal use, this home does not shy away from a minimalistic approach. Implementing a combination of polished concrete, vaulted ceiling, and distressed wooden paneling for décor, the interior is stark. Disregarding many of the accomodations you would expect in modern home—weatherproofing or running water, the designers instead chose to emphasize the benefits of seclusion, space and simplicity.

Whether you want to view it as a serene summer home or a glorified lean-to, that's up to you. But this space does a wonderful job of echoing the tranquility of its location and honoring the history of what was once there.

Images ©: bbarc.