Friday Cabins #42: A PNW Cabin for the Ages
We revisit a favorite... a teeny tiny favorite
Happy Friday ya’ll! We’re here with another installment of Friday Cabins for a little design inspo for your weekend ahead. Every week we explore cabin and cabin adjacent content curated from the pages of the internet’s most trusted source for all things design/the outdoors—Field Mag.
As happens from time to time, this morning came around and we hadn't yet settled on a topic for today's newsletter. Then, while scrolling, we noticed @cabinporn (by way of photographer Noah Kalina) posted about one of our all-time favorite micro cabins by one of our all-time favorite architecture offices. And thus, we found our topic. Initially published in the spring of 2020, our take on the tiny cabin has a distinctly escapist feel. But then again, so does the whole cabin.
It is worth noting cabin porn’s IG post is alight with commentators pointing out the unfortunate toilet positioning, i.e. next to the kitchen, sans door :/ So this cabin may only be fit for trips à la solo dolo or via extremely comfortable pairs. You’ve been warned. And we love it nonetheless.
At just 191-square feet, this woodland cabin located in the strait between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia, packs a lot of punch into its small footprint. Selected rustic materials like concrete, steel, and local cedar blend the structure into its weathered, prehistoric surroundings, while a functional, cozy interior offers some respite.
Designed by famed PNW studio Olson Kundig, a large sliding steel door inscribed with its manufacturing details is the focal part of the project. When shut, it acts as protection against seasonal weather, shields the interior from summer sun, creates a barrier around an outdoor shower on the front porch, and adds an extra bit of security when inhabitants are away. Not to mention a dash of dooms-day prepper style. But like, in a good way?
When open, the door reveals floor-to-ceiling windows that look into an industrial interior. Inside, the tiny living space centers around a sleek wood-burning stove, with little more than a bed, kitchenette, toilet, and modest seating area all within arms reach. All one needs for a weekend escape…or the apocalypse??
Happy weekend! Enjoy.
-friday cabins team