Perfect Bachelor's Retreat : Salt Spring Island Caban

Perfect Bachelor’s Retreat : Salt Spring Island Caban

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?


  • Jedineka August 6, 2010 at 12:27 PMLogin to Reply →

    i don’t like it because it’s located into a forrest

  • sket August 6, 2010 at 13:49 PMLogin to Reply →

    Interesting concept, but it’s too small. It has no indor shower therefor going there in the winter is out of the question, so all that chopped wood and the fireplace is just for decoration. Also the kitchen area is tiny and there is not even a small fridge, so storing food for a week-or-two is a no-no. One more thing, you have to go there alone, cuz there is just no room for friends… i know, i know, it’s a bachelors retreat, but still.. : )

  • Jayson Brown August 6, 2010 at 16:59 PMLogin to Reply →

    I live on Salt Spring… This works nicely… ps love the stone work!

  • alan August 6, 2010 at 17:49 PMLogin to Reply →

    i LOVE it!! i want one out in the middle of nowhere! this thing is the perfect size for what it’s intended to be used as. the small size is not a factor, i mean, most of the time, you would only be out there in a tent. this is a luxury resort compared to those accommodations. an outdoor shower in the winter? sing me up!! hot water with a crisp breeze – nothing wrong with that. and the type of food you would take won’t generally require refrigeration. freeze dried foods, preserved foods, canned, etc.

  • HB August 6, 2010 at 20:47 PMLogin to Reply →

    The toilet? Going poo two inches from where you are supposed to prepare meals seems a bit unsavory.

  • hans August 7, 2010 at 11:48 AMLogin to Reply →

    well, there is a fridge……

  • sket August 8, 2010 at 00:14 AMLogin to Reply →

    Since this cabin is a bit small for my taste, i drew up two extended versions. The first one is a big extension, with a full kitchen area, bathroom and a bedroom. Since this version is a bit large for the original cabin, i took out the bedroom in the second version.

    Here is the download link for the pictures.

  • sket August 8, 2010 at 16:30 PMLogin to Reply →

    Here is the third version of my ‘re-design’.. this one is the closest to the original, but still gives some more space : )

  • carole August 8, 2010 at 23:41 PMLogin to Reply →

    I love the location, but then I live rural anyway. The fact that the house is small is refreshing too (I’m so tired of seeing overly done mansions). Granted, a family of six could not live in the space, but then it’s not intended for that is it? Notice it says ‘designed as a getaway for a bachelor’.

    The outdoor shower is a nice touch, but indoors would be better fitting to my climate. It rains far too much for an outdoor shower to be practical except maybe for two months out of the year.

    Love the stone work.

    I do wish the photos could be enlarged for more detail. For instance, what is the text on the side of the building?

  • Tilman von der Linde August 9, 2010 at 02:02 AMLogin to Reply →

    nice Honeymoon shed.

  • Jayson Brown August 9, 2010 at 13:13 PMLogin to Reply →

    @carole, well actually its rather cold here … been raining for a week or so, not sure how inviting the whole outdoor show is right about now.

  • ramone johnson August 9, 2010 at 17:40 PMLogin to Reply →

    I will always be living alone and have always wanted my own home just for me. Every thing is big and bigger as far as houses go .simple is better for me. This could be my dream home.

  • Robert August 9, 2010 at 20:19 PMLogin to Reply →

    Spectacular design…!! The perfect escape for me as long as it’s near a few friends…..

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