Location: Balsthal, Switzerland
Photography: Ioana Marinescu

A couple years back the young Swiss architect, Pascal Flammer, built his first project with tasteful precision on execution. The house adds to the rural quiet within a field, encompassed by forest on both sides. Although designed as a weekend cottage for a city-dwelling client, the house is officially defined as a ‘stöckli’, a peripheral building belonging to a larger farm.

Pascal Flammer specified timber for the building's structure and detailing. Externally, the wooden surfaces are stained black, while inside the material is left to its natural and untainted beauty. This duality is also expressed between the floor levels. "Whereas the ground floor is about connecting with the visceral nature of the context, the floor above is about observing nature - a more distant and cerebral activity," explains Flammer. 

The pictures do much of the explaining for themselves. This "cabin" emits a sense of calmness and reflection. The feel of the abode is not hard to imagine even from thousands of miles away and only in photos. 


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