The renovation of the Forest House was the end result of three years of research and experience in designing, doing and living architecture. It focuses on a specific type of architecture, which I named the architecture of retreat. What is characteristic of the latter, is that one not only withdraws from one’s usual environment, but one also radically modifies one’s common dwelling patterns. The research was enriched with 6 months of personal experience with constructing, and living in, a remote house in the middle of the woods.