This Tiny Cabin in Norway Is So Well Camouflaged, It Almost Looks Like a Nest

published Jun 22, 2020
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Credit: Gartnerfuglen/Gartnerfuglen/Mariana de Delás

In a secret location, along a small, undisclosed mountain lake in the south of Norway, there sits a hut, covered in birch branches. Even if you were to figure out the name of the lake, you might have a hard time finding the structure. Covered in birch branches, it’s meant to be low-profile and to let its occupants enjoy their solitude.

Created by studio Gartnerfuglen and architect Mariana de Delás, it takes its cues, in shape and color, from its surrounding environment. Only the red door and window trim stand out.

Credit: Gartnerfuglen/Mariana de Delás

The family who owns the hut uses it as a fishing lodge and retreat. When the family is away, says Gartnerfuglen in a press release, “the hideout sits quietly and modestly in nature as if it were one of its creatures; blending in with the forest behind and even serving as pitstop for thirsty birds on their way to the lake.”

The hut is made with a timber skeleton and the camouflaging birch twigs, which provide both camouflage and insulation, by leaving room for air beneath the snow.

Credit: Gartnerfuglen/Gartnerfuglen/Mariana de Delás

Inside, the space is less textured and more minimal. One room has a built-in desk with a view of the lake. “Up two steps,” describes the studio, “there is an open room for two people to lie down underneath the tower shaped skylight which creates a sacred atmosphere due to its height and small aperture.”

Dezeen points out that Gartnerfuglen and Mariana de Delás have previously collaborated on another nature-focused project in Mallorca, a horse grooming retreat that also blends harmoniously with its surroundings.