The One Room Cabin

This dreamy get away set on an island north of the San Juans, is designed by Olson Kundig Architects. The exterior metal skin of this single room cabin will be allowed to weather naturally, to create a vibrant patina.  Inside, wood-finished surfaces create a cozy refuge. A large, weathered steel panel slides across a window wall, securing the space when the owner is away. This space has everything one needs to function, with a  minimal footprint. Low maintenance materials allow the occupant to enjoy the environment, both inside and out, rather than maintain it. The ample glass  provides an undisrupted view, and the deep overhang of the roof provides sun control to the interior, without compromise of view or daylight. This little nugget is a welcoming retreat.

Images and excepts found at Olson Kundig Architects

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A Summer House

A summer house. To me those words mean a place to get away, relax and unwind. A place of comfort, simplicity and freedom from day to day chores and expectations. A place with a deliberate view, both outward to the environment, and inward as well. Something only as big as it needs to be. Filled with only the necessary items for living. No, I don’t have a summer house, but I passionately collect images reflecting this state of mind. I feel these qualities of space should not be reserved for the special day, but rather the everyday.

Images of the renovation of  House Morran by Swedish architect Johannes Norlander Arkitektur., were printed and promptly placed in my inspiration file. This beautiful island cottage near Gothenburg dates from the 1950’s. Not only is this home beautifully proportioned and well detailed, it is an exploration in contrast and light. I find it to be most welcoming and liveable. A real retreat. Now, isn’t that what a summer house should be all about?

The exterior cladding of the house is gorgeous. “The new facade is clad in plywood, coated in black pine tar just like the traditional way of preserving wooden boats. The roof is coated in simple tar paper and has thin plywood eaves with integrated aluminum gutters, coated in black. The interior is all in natural pine and where plywood is used for both cladding and construction”  abitare

I love the effect of the rich, dark color. It is not overwhelming, as the wood grain of the panels is clearly visible and provides movement in the monolithic facade. The interior provides the appropriate counter experience, with light woods creating a monochromatic palette, providing reflectivity and and peaceful backdrop for the goings-on within.

Images found at the architects website.


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