Building a stylish house in the middle of nowhere is a task that comes up time and again for architects, whose solutions range from log cabins that resemble stacked piles of logs to mirror panels that make decades-old cabins "disappear" to elongated serpentine hideouts to, well, anything in between. For the Hungarian firm T2.a Architects, the challenge was to design something for Hungarian photographer Zsolt Batar that would be "a building which looks good and unique, is of excellent quality, and can be built during very short time and for a reasonable price," according to T2.a principal Bence Turanyi.
The Photographer's House, which was honored in a major Hungarian architecture competition last year, consists of prefab wood panels, so easily put together that the team constructed the two-story, two-bedroom structure in just two days. One can only imagine what thoughts and ideas now befall Batar, who was integrally involved with the design process—"when two different ways of thinking meet, the result is something completely new," Turanyi says—as he sits among the interior wood paneling and gazes out upon the Pilis Forest, near Budapest, from those floor-to-ceiling windows. After all, the archibabble notes, "The sustainable wooden house breathes together with the surrounding trees, and its life is documented by the artist who lives in it." A look inside below, and head to Dezeen for the full set.