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Who wants to stay in a Tipi? And what is that exactly? A tipi (also tepee and teepee) is a Lakota name for a conical tent traditionally made of animal skins and wooden poles used by the nomadic tribes and sedentary tribal dwellers (when hunting) of the Great Plains. Tipis are stereotypically associated with Native [...]
This retreat is essentially a wooden tent on a platform that opens to the forest and river. Materials are allowed to weather to merge with the site. Tom Kundig, Principal. Kirsten R. Murray, Principal. Olson Kundig Architects. Photographer: Tim Bies.
This family retreat in the North Cascades riffs on the concept of circled wagons by arranging multiple elements around a central courtyard. Buildings are situated to take advantage of 360 degree views. Tom Kundig, Design Principal. Olson Kundig Architects. Photographer: Unknown.
Providing secure shelter for every season, this steel-clad 350 sf fishing cabin on stilts can be completely shuttered when the owner is away. The cabin’s rugged patina and raw materiality respond to the surrounding wilderness while its verticality provides a safe haven during occasional floods from the nearby river. Composed of two levels, the cabin’s [...]
Responding to the owner’s need for space to house visiting friends and family, the Rolling Huts are several steps above camping, while remaining low-tech and low-impact in their design. The huts sit lightly on the site, a flood plain meadow in an alpine river valley. The owner purchased the site, formerly a RV campground, with [...]
The design of this vacation home celebrates the richness of wood while taking advantage of its natural setting—which includes views of the water and islands of the San Juan Islands—and its own forested site. Intended as a family retreat, the house blends traditional vacation home archetypes with a contemporary aesthetic. The large ceiling beams, recycled [...]
Located in Tennessee on the Appalachian Plateau, the Long Mountain Cabins draw their form and materiality from the local building vernacular and the surrounding site. Situated atop stone ‘cribs’ and chimney structures, the cabins sit lightly above the forest floor overlooking a nearby lake. Providing housing for students and faculty at an environmental education campus, [...]
Located next to a lake, the cabin takes its queues from the surrounding forest and color patterns to dissolve into its idyllic setting. Roof forms and building materials reflect the forest and farm house traditions of the area—shingle siding, metal roofs and gracious porches—combining to make a seamless and natural extension of its waterfront setting. [...]