The countryside of Nouvelles, Belgium is characteristically nostalgic; its small villages, serene bodies of water, and picturesque hillsides look as if they were pulled straight from a mid-century fable. As fall’s warm palette sweeps among the area’s densely-packed foliage, a single woodland cabin, built by London’s De Rosee Sa, stands alone — emitting an aura of conscious comfortability.
De Rosee Sa’s project, aptly named the “Woodland Cabin,” provides onlookers with an amalgamation of characteristic pleasantries, including external cladding that’s been fashioned from locally-sourced Spruce timber, before being dipped and dyed in upcycled tractor engine oil. As a departure from architecture’s infatuation with alternative staining practices, the unison of mechanical oil and wood is somewhat contentious; but here, the home’s dark facade perfectly complements the surrounding area, which relies on mediums like agriculture and milling to remain afloat. Characteristics of the dwelling, like its windows, doors, and fixtures, have been salvaged, repurposed, and reimplemented to adhere to strict budgetary constraints. Inside, oriented strand board (OSB), a wood-burning stove, and minimalist furnishings round out the lakeside home, providing a perfect illustration of simplistic living.