The Sol Duc Cabin designed by Olson Kundig Architects is a steel embraced cabin in Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA. The purpose of the project was to create a shelter surrounded by wilderness that could offer both the feeling of protection and intimacy when such is required and to enhance the connectivity with the natural environment. The cabin has been lifted off the ground to provide a better sight of the area and offered the possibility of opening an entire side to allow light to flood the small shelter.
“Constructed primarily of unfinished, mild steel and structural insulated panels (SIPs), the cabin is supported by four steel columns and sits lightly on the site. Most of the structure—the steel frame and panels, the roof, shutters, and stairs—was prefabricated off-site, thereby reducing on-site waste and site disruption. Prefabrication kept typical construction wastage to a minimum. With a cantilevered roof that provides solar shading and protection from the elements. Each of the building’s shutters can be opened and closed with hand wheels that move the shutters over the glazed portions of each façade. The shutters are operated by a series of mechanical devices including a hand wheel, drive shafts, u-joints, spur gears and cables”.
The massive steel side opens and remains suspended in an edgy, architectural gesture.
The neutral hues of the chosen metallic facade allows the rich greenery of the surrounding environment to properly shine.
The interior design has been kept to a minimum but approached in a warm color palette. The first floors nests the kitchen and living area whereas the upper floor accessible through a metallic ladder offers the bedrooms.
The inserted steel balcony allows the inhabitants to admire the natural and to invite it in.
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