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Olson Kundig Architects’ Transforming Micro Cabin Folds Up to Protect Against the Elements

Posted By Andrew Michler On November 20, 2011 @ 1:28 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | 1 Comment

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We have seen similar tricks like this before, most notably in the Australian outback [1], and the concept is extremely useful as it serves multiple functions with one design gesture. When the wooden slate decks are down they gracefully extend the living space to the outdoors in three direction, and the generous overhanging roof creates a protective canopy. When they are set to the up position using the hydraulic and cable and block system, they act as robust shutters. When inclement weather takes hold, the glass walls are protected from the brunt of the winds and rain. The shuttered building is also a degree more secure for privacy.

The interior boast a grand floor-to-ceiling view, making the 500 square foot space feel much larger than it is. Lots of windows [2] are vital for good light in the often overcast conditions in Northwest Washington. A small kitchenette and and bath are tucked behind the steel clad section. The center piece is a rounded freestanding fireplace, which seems to be ubiquitous in rural architecture [3] in the state, and can be enjoyed from both inside and out when the doors are opened.

+ Olson Kundig Architects [4]

Via Contemporist [5]

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[1] Australian outback: http://inhabitat.com/adaptive-mudgee-mini-cabin-opens-to-the-australian-landscape/

[2] Lots of windows: http://inhabitat.com/the-roundy-residence-sits-calmly-in-the-face-of-san-juan-islands-winds/roundy-residence-miller-hull-partnership-9/?extend=1

[3] ubiquitous in rural architecture: http://inhabitat.com/the-methow-cabin-is-a-cozy-washington-ski-retreat-with-a-tiny-footprint/methow-cabin-6/

[4] + Olson Kundig Architects: http://www.olsonkundigarchitects.com/Projects/1324/False-Bay-Writers-Cabin

[5] Contemporist: http://www.contemporist.com/2011/11/05/false-bay-writers-cabin-by-olson-kundig-architects/

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