Forestry lodge on Lake Eiswoog
“Once upon a time…” is inscribed on the sign on the corner of the lodge inviting us to delve into the history of the hotel
in the Palatinate Forest nature park. The naumann.architektur office converted the former forestry lodge into a romantic and
quaint hotel with uniquely designed rooms.
“Converting the forestry lodge into a hotel was very exciting. Naturally, we had to change a lot of things, but it was important
to us to maintain the character of the building, to continue to tell its story, so to speak,” says Martin Naumann, the architect
in charge of the project. “We only had to modify the structure of the building a little, the rooms retained their basic shape,
only the roof truss had to be completely rebuilt due to its poor structural soundness.”
From the outside, the hotel still looks like the old forestry lodge. Only the sign on the corner gives away its new interior.
Its basic layout consisted of rooms of differing sizes varying between 10 and 30 square meters, each of which had to be outfitted
with a bathroom and converted into a hotel room. Some were small, others had windows in the wrong places – so many of the
individual rooms were adapted accordingly.
naumann.architektur came up with an interior design to complement the romantic-rustic quaintness of the forestry lodge. The
choice of material was inspired by the surrounding area; a lot of wood was used. A contemporary use of form brings clarity
and freshness into the rooms. Except for chairs and lighting, the architects designed all the furniture themselves – the furniture
is directly related to the building and is an organic component of it. Narrow, untreated tree trunks above an armoire are
prime examples of this. When viewed along with the large wooden posts surrounding the four-post bed, they serve as ‘visual
aids’ enhancing the sensation of sleeping in the forest among the trees.
“We thought it was important for the choice of materials to present a pleasant, natural look and feel. So we covered a desk
with the new DLW Linoleum Form,” says Martin Naumann. “At first glance, it looks like lacquer but feels warm and soft to the
touch.” With a smile he continues, “I have already observed visitors pausing and running their fingers over the top of the
desk.” Because of its flexibility, the furniture linoleum could even be shaped to conform to the contours of an indentation
in the desk. Furniture edges can be elegantly shaped, and even tight bends and curves can be covered.
The architects even covered an armoire with DLW Linoleum Form. It lines this piece of furniture like a ribbon, deliberately
creating a faux leading edge inviting people to touch it. “It is important for furniture to have a pleasant feel, the user
is very close to it, and it should feel pleasing to the touch,” says Martin Naumann adding, “and it is a nice effect in an
unexpected place. When you hang up your sweater, you feel an unexpected soft material.”