This beautiful forest retreat was designed by Olson Kundig Architects and is located in the North of the San Juan islands within the Salish Sea. It is a single room cabin, meant as a gateway for a bachelor. You will notice the interior is minimalist, but has a high level of comfort. We particularly like the sliding exterior “wall’ that can isolate the windows when needed in order to create shade or simply determine seclusion. The judges that offered Tom Kundig a Residential Architect award for this particular cabin design described the original sliding panel as follows: “The panel —operated by hand like a barn door— is commodity steel pulled off a stack before fabrication. Kundig, FAIA, let the lettering stand as “an authentic mark of its history and in the spirit of allowing materials to age naturally with no ‘protective’ coating that needs maintenance.” What other interesting elements did you observe?
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