This Forest Retreat Is a Modern Take on the Traditional Estonian Hut
Inspired by the Estonian koda—a traditional hut that dates back to the third millennium BC—this forest hideaway tucked in the Northern Estonian village of Muraste consists of three light-filled cabins that sport modern, pyramidal roofs.
Designed by Estonian studio KUU arhitektid, all three cabins are set upon a single, raised timber deck that has a circular section cut out to accommodate the trunks of existing trees.
Together, the three modernized kodas offer 829 square feet, and their minimalist interiors look out to breathtaking views of the surrounding forest.
Both of these cabins feature natural, larch wood siding and roofs, and glass walls oriented north to capture tranquil views of the Baltic Sea. The larger cabin also has a south-facing glass wall that floods the living areas with more light.
On the western side of the deck is the third and smallest cabin, which houses a sauna with a north-facing picture window. This sauna cabin is also clad in larch, but painted with tar oil for a striking contrast.
The deck space between the main living areas and the sauna creates a large, outdoor terrace that connects the three units to each other and their forest environment.
All three cabins have triangular skylights cut out from the converging ceilings, drawing in the sun’s rays during the day, and allowing for views of the stars at night.