It’s a lot of work restoring an old barn. It’s a lot of work and very expensive. Instead of pouring piles of loot into perfuming a pig, a young couple in the northern Czech Republic tore the barn down, leaving two stone walls as bookends, and drafted architects Labor 13 to piece together a simple, boxy retreat between them.
The cabin is currently tapped into the grid for electric, but draws water from its own well and uses septic for waste. The next step is to add solar and then…it’s done.
Photos by Albert PraÅ¾Ã¡k
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.