Hunting cabin

Feasibility study for a cluster of buildings surrounding a more than century old hunting cabin, aiming at reorganizing the building and dividing it into multiple housing units.
Oudenaarde, 2017, private client

In the forest there’s a cabin, a hunting cabin to be precise, a little square tower with a hip roof; it’s been there for quite a long time, it’s speculated around a 150 years already. The hunting cabin stood there alone in the forest, and then not so alone anymore. Systematically, in many phases and over many years, constructions have been added to the hunting cabin. Most of these constructions were looking up to the cabin, like the older brother in the family, and tried to imitate it: characteristic lines and shapes were copied, albeit in other materials. The hunting cabin is now for the most part surrounded by these imitating structures. Above all, the people who live there are hunters no longer.
All those constructions have resulted in a lot of built space. Perhaps a bit too much space if you ask the inhabitants, certainly now that the children have flown from the nest. Time for a new story, the inhabitants feel like putting some of the spaces up for rent, mainly focusing at the nature- and sport-tourists which flock the region. To do this, there’s a need to re-examine all those buildings, because everything has been interwoven over the years and there are some technical and aesthetic matters to look at too

The study researches a number of divergent scenarios that intend to honor the hunting cabin and give it some air to breathe. A maximum scenario liberates the hunting cabin completely of its annexes, to introduce two new cabins. The small cabins are positioned displaced, un-aligned, to define garden-areas and to keep the corners of the hunting cabin free of obstacles. They have been twisted so as to fit important connection-details with the surrounding buildings. Again imitations. A number of other scenarios think about smaller interventions which mainly pursue the renovation of the least valuable parts of the building-cluster. They consider the strategic demolition of volume and strategic adding in volume, these new volumes in itself imitating the hunting cabin again. A final scenario frees up the hunting lodge for a big part and focuses mainly on the cabin itself. The roof of the hunting cabin, which is completely replaced, is lifted a bit higher than before. In between the gap of the cabin and the new roof, panoramic views on the tree filled surroundings and living spaces with high ceilings appear.

In the forest there are many cabins. One true cabin and her imitations, which mimic and deform, which still allow living in between the trees and the fields, hunter or no hunter.

Study completed


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