Friday Cabins #24: Contemporary Design on a Rugged PNW Island
Just another one to add to the daydreams!
Welcome to another Friday! You did it! The weekend is around the corner and we’re already gearing up our wistful daydreams of far-away cabins and accessible adventure, but first, we’re here to share our inspo with you, dear reader. Every Friday we bring you cabins from around the world, plucked from the pages of Field Mag, for the ongoing Friday Cabins newsletter delivered fresh and hot to your inbox.
Sadly, this Friday brings another bout of heart-breaking, and frankly, scary, news in the form of a 6 to 3 overturn of Roe vs. Wade. BUT our job is to deliver you some mental and emotional escape from it all and that we will do. All we’ll say is the US government is and continues to be a hot dumpster fire of a mess. Moving on…
Today we’re sidestepping the usual roundup of cabin projects in favor of highlighting a single cabin that speaks to our aesthetic POV through both design and proximity to nature. In other words, we’re crushin’ hard on this hilltop home. Read on, then log off and do your best to enjoy the weekend.
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Today, we’re taking a closer look at a specific project off the coast of Washington State in the San Juan Archipelago. On Orcas Island, the largest land mass among the rugged and majestic islands, sits the Buck Mountain Cabin by Seattle-based Heliotrope Architects.
A modern escape among towering Douglas fir and pacific madrone forest, the woodland cabin is elevated 20 feet above ground with a view overlooking the surrounding waters. A front entrance leads into a central walkway through the kitchen and living space out onto a spacious deck, for some serious cross breeze action.
Durable, economical, and weather-safe materials were used for the build to withstand the variable PNW weather, for a material palette that's uncomplicated and subdued. Inside, bedrooms and bathing areas are downstairs in the darker, more sheltered lower levels, while the upstairs kitchen and living area feature almost 360 degrees worth of views.
A fine place to escape to.
See ya next week—and in the meantime, take care of yourself!