This is admittedly not a traditional Alpine wooden hut. Introducing the Alpine log cabin made of concrete, I absolutely fell in love with: the Refugi Lieptgas designed by Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten.

The old barn that stood here previously characterises the appearance of the new building. By using the logs of the block construction as a formwork for the concrete a fossilized version of the old barn has been created. The result is an unusual holiday home for two people – both romantic and modern.

Situated in Flims, in the Swiss Alps, the 40-square-metre house known as Concrete Cabin replaces an aged log cabin to provide a holiday home for up to two people.Restricted by a planning order that demanded “the character of the persisting cabin” be retained, local studio Nickisch Sano Walder Architects chose to use the original timber as the mould for the new concrete house.

This ensemble created an image that leaves a strong memory about this place,” said the architects. “Guests in Flims mostly spend their days in the surrounding nature – the cabin is used as a refuge, a resting and recreation place“.


// All images were shot by and are courtesy of Gaudenz Danuser.