Hungarian architecture studio Hello Wood has made a name for itself in recent years with a portfolio that seems to effortlessly tap into the zeitgeist with a focus on finely crafted timber cabins that evoke the ongoing fascination with tiny homes and the ever-increasing interest in ADUs.
The studio’s latest project is even more ambitious – a cabin resort nestled in a hidden corner of Hungary in the Csóromfölde area of the protected Balaton Uplands near the village of Kapolcs.
The six unique cabins are designed by Hello Wood in collaboration with TreeHouses – a Hungarian company that operates a popular collection of treehouse-style cabins in Noszvaj. Nestled into a secluded grove, the cabins have been conceived to dissolve into the landscape, with the monolithic forms taking inspiration from dramatic rockforms.
Encouraging a cosy, private setting that is ideally suited for escape and relaxation, each cabin is a solid, sculptural form crafted from timber, with openings only at the entrance and the terrace. These openings provide glimpses of the golden timber interior that is concealed inside the grey timber shell – a contrast the designers describe as like “the inside of a cracked geode”.
Each cabin can sleep up to two guests, with an open-plan living room and bedroom, kitchenette, built-in wardrobe, dining table, and a bathroom that boasts a double shower and a panoramic, glass-walled infrared sauna. Enhancing the connection with nature and immersing guests in the surrounding landscape, the terrace features a built-in hot tub.
Beyond offering a seriously cool holiday destination, the resort aims to address some of the real-world issues affecting rural Hungary. The two-hectare site was purchased by Hello Wood in 2016, providing a venue for the studio’s international summer school and festival. While these events provided seasonal employment to locals, the studio wanted to expand their impact further.
“Over the years, we’ve grown very fond of the area where we held our camps,” says András Huszár, co-founder and CEO of Hello Wood.
“It was clear, though, that once the summer festivals were over, Csóromfölde and the surrounding villages were abandoned for most of the year. Now, we’re going to be able to help provide work for locals throughout the whole year.”
Images by Tamás Bujnovszky
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