Nestled within a conifer woodland just outside of Prague, Forest Cabin, by local firm Archicraft, was designed to reflect — and respect — its surroundings. Opting for the durability and nearly negligible maintenance requirements of aluminum shingles, the architects chose FX.12 panels from Austrian cladding brand Prefa for both the gable roof and facade, and the Prefalz system for the roof’s flat portions — all in dark brown to give the entire structure a seamless look.
Each panel has both longitudinal and transverse edging sections, which lends them a unique “crumpled” appearance while also increasing their strength. Embossed with non-repeating cant patterns, the surface characteristics change throughout the course of the day. FX.12 panels are installed as non-bearing, rear-ventilated facades.