Often, books will inspire us to create amazing things that are way past the ordinary. Especially in architecture, not few were those designers who came up with an idea inspired by a well loved novel or story. Some built houses as if descending from fairy tales, with high towers and stained glass windows. Others built cozy hobbit houses meant for warmth and comfort. Bureau A, however, has come with a completely unique design: a small wooden cabin fitted inside a rock.
This unique project was inspired by a novel written by Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz. In his novel, the main character, a man called Antoine, manages to survive for seven weeks under the rocks of a rock slide in the Alps. The project created by Bureau A was called Antoine in an attempt to honor both the alpine experience and the author.
The cabin is built from wood and encased in a concrete shell broken only by a single window and a door. It is small, fitting only one person, as a nod to the character of the book. However, despite its size, Antoine is well fitted out. It contains a wood burner and several basic fold-down panels. These panels take, when needed, the shape of table, chair and bed. Unfortunately, the house does not contain a toilet. Moreover, the Antoine cabin is set in a rather precarious position, therefore those who are not adventurous should refrain from using the shelter.
From the outside, Antoine camouflages perfectly with its environment. It is the perfect retreat spot where one can hide without worry of being found. The project was commissioned by the artist residency Verbier 3d Foundation. It was built in the village and later transported to the high-altitude sculpture park. The project was built in order to host visiting artists.
What do you think about Antoine? Would you brave the heights to rest in such a unique cabin?