Fascinating Modern Cabin by Olson Kundig Architects
Olson Kundig Architects designed a magnificent, unique cabin on San Juan Island in Washington State. The cabin is five hundred square feet and is a private writer’s retreat and guest cottage. Located on San Juan Island, Washington, the owners wanted the cabin to feel contacted to its setting, the climate, the wildlife and views. They also needed a structure that could be easily secured when not in use, which is the reason for its modern, original construction.
The cabin was designed as a glass house surrounded by three wooden slat decks that can be raised by a hydraulic system of wires, rope, pivoting sheaves and lead blocks that serve as shutters. When open, the shutter decks are outdoor living spaces; when closed they secure the cabin. This simple, restrained design is one of the best examples of utilisation of small space available, whilst not sacrificing living satisfaction at any cost. Olson Kundig Architects have also pulled out all of the stops in terms of incorporating this luxurious, unique accommodation into the perfect environment. The result is San Juan Island, a beautiful, natural scene with an ocean accessible after a short walk, perfect for solitude and relaxation.
Inside the cabin itself is a single room with a small kitchenette and a bathroom. Finishes are restrained, punctuated only by a blackened steel inlay that bisects the floor from the fireplace to the slot window at the rear of the cabin. This polishes off a refined, accomplished, modern and unique home which is complicated in design, but simple and restrained in its construction.
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