Founded in 2021 by classmates Christopher Eilers, Johann Ahlers and Julian Trautwein, Raus aims to entice city dwellers to get into nature by offering stays in secluded cabins, but there’s a twist. Each escape is located one to two hours from a city center and the location is not revealed until after a stay is booked.
Recently, the Berlin-based firm teamed up with Danish architect Sigurd Larsen to create a compact cabin clad in charred wood. “The exterior is burnt and oiled lark wood that blends with the dark logs of the wooded natural environment,” Larsen says. “The texture of the wood feels like bark.”
Raus debuted the Larsen-designed cabin on the historic Wehrmühle Biesenthal estate, where it has stood for six months. The grounds consist of meadows, fields, a small river and a forest of towering trees – and the 193 square meter cabin feels like it is woven into the landscape. All Raus rental properties are self-sufficient and equipped with a wood-burning stove, compost toilet, water tank and solar panels.
Larsen planned the rooms to match — and take advantage of — the course of the sun. In the morning, the east-facing kitchen fills with sunshine. Strong afternoon light falls on the rear facade, which provides shade for the staircase at the entrance, where visitors can lounge outside and enjoy the scenery. A small terrace to the west, just off the primary bedroom, provides a place to sit and watch the sunset – or guests can watch the spectacle through windows by the built-in queen bed.
There is also a built-in bunk bed that doubles as a sofa for the living/bedroom. The bed frame, floor, walls, ceiling and all cabinets are made of dark stained wood that appears black. “This minimizes reflections and allows the view of the surrounding nature to become the main feature of any room,” says Larsen.
“We wanted to make the small space look big, so we packaged the program on one side and the other with a full-height ceiling, large windows, and sliding doors that open to nature,” says Larsen.
Guests can book the cabin for $183 per night for a minimum of three nights. And if visitors don’t have time to cook (because they’re immersed in nature), they can choose to have their meals prepared by Catering Baldon’s Jessica-Joyce Sidon and Cäcilia Baldszus.
Once the project was completed, Larsen planned an outing herself. “I tested the cabin overnight this spring and it felt very comfortable despite its small size,” says the architect. “We’ve created a cabin with lots of nooks and corners to sit and hang out, both indoors and out. You can move from place to place, cook, read, nap and shower, depending on the sun. Watching the views from the nature never got boring – it’s an incredibly relaxing place to be.”