The concept of Casa Alferes, designed by Ludwig Godefroy, is rooted in the idea of a cabin in the woods and embodies the romantic concept of a sanctuary in nature. The designers envisioned the house as a cube that would crash into the forest floor and blend into the trees. The design he organized around three important principles. Isolated Forest Hideout:
This is a project to create an isolated home in the forest while valuing a deep sense of security. The house is conceived as a concrete vaulted ceiling that combines the romantic expression of a cabin with the protective properties of a fortress. This dual feature creates a unique fusion, making the structure both a romantic retreat and a sturdy shelter.
Compact, Vertical Design: The structural footprint is intentionally compact for economical movement over difficult terrain. To combat this, houses grow vertically instead of horizontally. The design incorporates a roof terrace suspended as a second floor above ground level, creating distinct areas for morning and afternoon activities. The structure looks as if the box has fallen precariously onto a natural slope, embodying the delicate balance between the perceived lightness of a hut and the weight of a concrete fortress.
In search of light and connection with nature: With an emphasis on connection with the environment, the house has been designed to bring in light through the trees and establish a connection with the majestic pine trees. The compact footprint of 9 x 9 meters is complemented by a vertical growth strategy, allowing residents to reach into the tall pine branches.
The configuration of the house unfolds in half levels organized around double height, creating a cathedral-like atmosphere inside. Tall windows and a skylight above diffuse light throughout the interior, complementing the limited windows on the ground floor. This approach not only makes the most of natural light, but also emphasizes the relationship between the structure and the surrounding nature, creating a harmonious blend of architectural innovation, natural integration, and a unique play between solidity and lightness. It embodies fusion.