You would need to have a great sense of adventure and a deep love of nature to want to stay in a Montana cabin that has zero heating or cooling. But that's the point - at least for Andersson Wise Architects from Austin, who previously built an eco-lodge on Flathead Lake. The 600 square meter retreat sits amidst the Rocky Mountains, and is a wonderful place to relax, soak up the scent of Ponderosa pine trees, and watch birds of prey. But with very few amenities on offer, its certainly not for those looking to live in the lap of luxury.
Andersson Wise salvaged pieces of a variety of materials and put them together like new. Timber was sawn off site and re-designed for easy assembly to ensure that very little site disturbance occurred. Apart from a bathroom that takes its water from the nearby lake, and a small kitchen and bedroom, this cabin has few “extras” – promising a rustic camping experience rather than a luxury vacation.
The cabin does however have electricity, although given that the screened off porch and windows both open up the building to its leafy surroundings, loads of daylight is let into the space so that very little energy is needed.
With its minimalist furnishings and smooth finish, this cabin is bound to make any nature-lover feel right at home.