With its exterior constructed from only one building material, Cabin Moss is a
When building Cabin Moss, the architects at Béres would return to the old proverb, “Measure twice, dig once.” Designed by Attila Béres and Attila Hideg, Cabin Moss seems to float atop an area of untouched forest ground, one of many choices made to preserve and respect the natural world that surrounds the cabin.
Describing the home’s stilt-based foundation, the architects at Béres note, “Thin stilts are carefully located so that we could keep and protect the roots of the surrounding trees. No need for any excavation or filling with machines that ruin the natural context. The structural system of the house had been created so that it offers some flexibility for this effort at realization.”
Appearing as if perching from the gradual incline of the hills it rests atop, Cabin Moss forms a cross-section and breaks down into two right angles that face each other, providing some dynamic contrast with the natural sloping landscape.
Forming an irregular shape in its entirety, the shape and location of Cabin Moss were specifically chosen to ensure that tall windows could be placed on both ends of the structure. With only two windows, the expansive glass panes provide a gateway into the outside world, while the lack of windows found on the cabin’s longer facades keeps the majority of the interior cozy with warm, golden light.
In a sweeping effort to remain small from all sides, Béres Architects ensured that Cabin Moss could be constructed from a single material, with no leftovers and no wasted space. Taking their sustainability efforts one step further, Béres Architects also outfitted Cabin Moss with electric elements like heating and hot water, taking the environment’s natural climate into account to equip Cabin Moss with its own microclimate.