PLACES | Refugi Lieptgas


Refugi Lieptgas Exterior Photo by Gaudenz Danuser

You’ll find Refugi Lieptgas in the middle of a quiet and beautiful forest in Switzerland. What used to be an old hut used by farmers has now been replaced with the considered and raw masterpiece that is Refugi Lieptgas.

Refugi Lieptgas Exterior Photo by Gaudenz Danuser

Designed by architects Georg Nickisch and Selina Walder, the framework of the former cabin provided the inspiration for the new structure. The walls are made from concrete, mimicking curved timber logs externally while making way for smooth surfaces inside.

The space is, ultimately, an exercise in simplicity. Small, furnished lightly but with quality design and a distinct Scandinavian sensibility. You enter on the top floor to find a small kitchen and sitting area with a fireplace and skylight that looks out into the forest of beech trees.

Refugi Lieptgas Living Room Photo by Gaudenz Danuser

Underground, downstairs houses a bedroom and bathroom. Our eyes are immediately drawn to the stunning bath featuring a simple curved tap set against the stark lines of the concrete chamber and the striking face of the rock against the window. Just imagine whiling away an evening soaking with that sight.

Refugi Lieptgas Bedroom Photo by Gaudenz Danuser


Refugi Lieptgas Bath Photo by Gaudenz Danuser

While superior in design and comfort, the house takes up the same, small footprint as the former cabin. A beautiful example of small footprint living that doesn’t compromise on style. Whether set against lush greenery during summer or covered in snow in winter, it’s the perfect setting to take refuge and seek quiet.


Refugi Lieptgas Fireplace Photo by Gaudenz Danuser

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