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Northern Idaho USA – Olson Kundig Architects
Photography: Benjamin Benschneider Built: 2002 We find something very appealing about this cabin. One the one hand, it offers all the comforts of home. On the other, it ‘feels’ like a cabin should – a refuge a hundred kilometres from our work-a-day lives. It somehow blends a high level of sophistication with outright rustic, rough and ready appeal. Surely a cabin is a place to go and relax, not a place to go and maintain. There is so little about this cabin that requires upkeep! See if you agree.
From the architect:
“The idea for the cabin is that of a lakeside shelter in the woods—a little box with a big window that opens to the surrounding landscape. The cabin’s big window-wall (30 feet by 20 feet) opens the entire living space to the forest and lake. Materials are low maintenance—concrete block, steel, concrete floors and plywood—in keeping with the notion of a cabin, and left unfinished to naturally age and acquire a patina that fits in with the natural setting. The cabin sleeps ten.”
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