Founded in 2021 by classmates Christopher Eilers, Johann Ahlers and Julian Trautwein, Raus tries to entice city dwellers to get out into nature by offering stays in remote cabins, but there’s a twist. Each escape is located one to two hours away from a city center and the location is not revealed until a stay is booked.
Recently, the Berlin-based company 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 into the dark logs of the wooded natural environment,” says Larsen. “The texture of the wood feels like bark.”
Raus debuted the Larsen-designed hut on the historic Wehrmühle Biesenthal estate, where it stood for six months. The grounds include meadows, fields, a small river and a forest of towering trees – and the 193-square-foot cabin feels like it’s woven into the landscape. All Raus rental properties are self-sufficient and are equipped with a wood-burning stove, a compost toilet, a water tank and solar panels.
Larsen planned the chambers to align with – and take advantage of – the course of the sun. In the mornings, the east-facing kitchen fills with sunshine. Strong afternoon light falls on the rear facade, shading the stairwell at the entrance, where visitors can lounge outside and enjoy the scenery. A small deck to the west, just off the master bedroom, offers a place to sit and watch the sunset – or guests can watch the spectacle through windows placed near 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 packed the program on one side and left the other with full ceiling height, 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 bathing in nature), they can choose to have their meals prepared by Jessica-Joyce Sidon and Cäcilia Baldszus from Catering Baldon.
When the project was completed, Larsen planned an outing himself. “I tested the cabin overnight this spring and it felt very comfortable despite its small size,” says the architect. “We made a hut with lots of nooks and crannies to sit and hang out, both inside and out. You can move from place to place, cook, read, sleep and shower, depending on the sun. Watching the view of nature never got boring – it’s an incredibly relaxing place to be.