Larch Hut

The Larch Hut is a demountable miniature dwelling built almost entirely from larch wood (Larix decidua). It was first built as a retreat space in the grounds of a farmhouse in the Umbrian hills in Italy before, several years later, being taken apart and re-built in the New Forest, UK. To allow the owner to move the building as and when required it was designed as a series of panels held together by cross-bracing beams. These beams span across the interior of the room and are built into the simple internal furnishings of a bed, desk and shelf.

The larch on the exterior is rough sawn to encourage moss and lichen growth whilst the interior floor, wall and ceiling panels are smooth and finished with linseed oil. Sheep’s wool provides insulation within the panels. Offcuts from the larch boards were used to build a small platform at the entrance to the hut.