Friday Cabins #18: Glamping, Camping, and Architecture in the Midwest
Not to be underestimated, the Midwest impresses with these unique projects
Another Friday, another Friday Cabins brought to you by Cabins Etc. Here we are again at the end of the week (!), and here we are again with a round-up of cabin-related content from Field Mag-the online mag for all things at the intersection of design and the outdoors.
The weather continues to be sort of weird in New York, but trees have sprouted, the city is starting to look a lot more green, and suddenly everyone is emerging from their apartments at once to soak in the sporadic sunny afternoons. Ah-these precious warmer months in the city.
Switching gears away from our hometown, today our sights are set on a series of impressive projects throughout the Midwest. Heralded as one of the origins of Midcentury Modern design, the states may be vast, and relatively uninhibited compared to their coastal counterparts, but it doesn’t mean these sprawling beauties contribute any less to the outdoor and design communities.
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Bask in the glory of South Dakota terrain from the comfort of these 17 mountain cabins. While it may not be your first thought for a glamping trip (or even for a Midwest state), the state is home to landscapes like the Black Hills National Forest, Badlands National Park, three mountain ranges, and the historical landmarks of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial.
Inspired by a blend of the owner's Scandinavian heritage, the surrounding Wisconsin landscape, and the coastal cabins of the PNW-the MetalLark Cabin by David Wagner of SALA Architects at rental property Nordlys strikes an impressive picture. Located on the edge of a rolling field, the cabin is a 800 square foot elevated structure made up of a two-level glass facade, overhang roof, and a large slice of wooden paneling wrapped around its entrance.
A crisp and inviting interior featuring natural wood trim and detailing, paired with a black and neutral palette give a nod to the mid-century modern history of the Midwest, where designers like Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Knoll, and Eero Saarinen once called home. Available to rent starting at $295/night, the MetalLark Tower is an exciting architectural feat, and destination in itself.
The sprawling Midwest landscape inspired both this Q&A and the launch of Cabin-Time, a roaming creative retreat founded by Michigan-native and outdoor enthusiast/graphic designer Geoff Holstad. The residency focuses on bringing artists of every type together in a remote place for adventures in the landscape, creative experimentation, and hanging out with like-minded people. And although the residency is technically roaming, much of it is held among the Midwestern States, where participants set up camp for the duration of their stay.
Here, Holstad discusses the residency and the beauty of going off-grid with strangers.
ta ta for now! have a good weekend,