This 350-square-foot tiny cabin is located on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. The tiny cabin building is raised above the ground, and when you are outside on the When you’re inside or on the outdoor deck, you are raised up above the landscape with a great view out onto the Sol Duc River. The interior of this unique small house plan is like a warm, dry nest. The tiny cabin building is located in one of the few temperate rainforests in the world. The tiny cabin building was built on stilts to help protect it from the dampness and occasional flooding of the area. The owner of this cabin building is an avid steelhead fisherman, and the Sol Duc has some of the best steelhead fishing that you will find in Washington State. The tiny house design allows him and his wife to arrive at this remote Washington location, open up the place, and get fishing as quickly as possible. The shutters for the tiny cabin are operated manually via the custom steel rods. The large panels on the cabin building slide on hardware that was originally designed for use with sliding barn doors, that are attached to the steel roof beam structure.
The tiny cabin seals up entirely when the cabin is not in use, and this is important partly because the cabin location is remote and also because the elements in this area can be punishing. Although the cabin building is virtually indestructible, it is made of unfinished, mild steel and with structural insulated panels. The insides of the cabin building are mostly made of wood, which gives a sense of warmth. The building materials are a direct response to the surrounding wilderness. Most of the cabin building was prefabricated off-site, which helped to minimize construction wastage and site disruption. The loft floor is built from two-by-fours that the owner had on the building site. They simply stacked and then glued the pieces together, then threaded bolts through the stack to secure it.
This weekend cabin building in a Washington national park was designed by Seattle architect Tom Kundig and featured a protective steel exterior that slides across its windows and the floor raised on stilts to help prevent flooding. Sol Duc Cabin was named one of the ten recipients of the American Institute of Architects' 2014 Housing Awards. The cabin building was completed in 2011 and offers a rural retreat for a couple who enjoy regular fishing expeditions in the Olympic National Park. Kundig, the principal designer at Olson Kundig Architects, was asked by his clients to create a virtually indestructible home that could be left uninhabited for several weeks at a time. The tiny cabin needed to be both secure and protected from the occasional bout of flooding from the nearby river.
The architect responded by creating a 350 square foot cabin clad externally with unfinished steel and then raised on four steel columns, which is similar to the Delta Shelter he completed in 2005. The cabin buildings rugged patina and raw building materials respond to the surrounding wilderness while its verticality makes the cabin building a haven during the occasional floods from the nearby river. Windows in the cabin building can be secured behind the steel shutters that blend into the walls. The owners open the shutters up using a mechanical system of gears, U joints and drive shafts, which are set into motion by turning a wheel.
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