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We assume Vlotkamp translates to float camp, but even if, strangely it doesn’t, (yes, we know Google Translate is a thing), it’s a fitting name. The camp is a series of rafts with fairly luxe tents on them, all floating on a lake in Flanders, the Flemish region of Belgium. Paddle up, tie off, and relax.

The tents were partly a response to Covid-19, as the designers, who also run a treehouse camp called Boomkamp, wanted to rethink a way to camp outdoors, with others nearby, in as safe a manner as possible. But also: floating camps are cool, pandemic or no.

Each one gets a kingsize mattress, a little deck for kayak-watching, and there’s even a shared bar.

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If you read Flemish, or even if you don’t and are adept at kinda reading Flemish, you can book a raft at the Vlotkamp website.

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.

Photos: Vlotkamp


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