Architectural Inspo: False Bay Writer's Cabin

Seattle design firm Olson Kundig delivers another PNW stunner in the prehistoric San Juan Islands


TF Editors

Located on the namesake landmass of the San Juan Islands in the upper leftmost corner of America’s upper leftmost state, the False Bay Writer’s Cabin is a truly isolated refuge of the likes many dream of.

The 500 square foot cabin is more or less a glass cube, designed to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding nature when “open,” and be a near impenetrable fortress when not—ideal for protecting against extreme weather the region is known for. The unique design comes by way of Seattle’s Olson Kundig, a full service design firm continually producing some the most exciting and innovative work in the residential and contemporary cabin space. See Sol Duc Cabin for further proof.

Using a system of hydraulic winches, wire rope and lead blocks, among other components, three of the cabin’s four walls open up to become shutter-decks. Ten foot tall glass windows and sliding doors create an indoor/outdoor environment that’s further celebrated by an interior fireplace that can rotate 180 degrees to be enjoyed from inside or out.

Pretty clever stuff.

Published 05-24-2017

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