May 23, 2012

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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2 Responses to “The One Room Cabin”

  1. Chris Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Cool cabin, but an outdoor shower in the San Juans? The islands can be chilly even in the middle of summer.

  2. Cynthia DeGrace Says:
    May 24th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I grew up on the West Coast, in the area in fact. I embrace the commitment the architect and owner convey through the design, to embrace the essence of place. I agree, a bit chilly, and definitely rainy and grey at times, but to me, the architecture speaks to a complete comfort and immersion in their environment. One with the spirit of place. I love it!