Olson Kundig’s Single-Room Gulf Islands Cabin is a Minimalist Retreat in British Columbia

by , 01/13/13

Gulf Islands Cabin, Olson Kundig Architects, british columbia, fire proof cabin, small space living, eco cabin, green cabin

In typical Olson Kundig fashion, this one-room cabin leans towards a modern industrial/rustic aesthetic and features a shed roof with large overhangs. Located near the coast in the Gulf Islands to the north of the San Juan Islands, this home fits well within its forest context. Set upon a simple concrete foundation with a solid concrete back wall, the cabin is just big enough for a bed, a sitting chair, a stove, a kitchenette and a toilet. In fact, the room is so compact that the shower is actually placed outside on one of the porches.

The roof overhangs on all sides to provide shade, protection and covered porches on either end. Doors on both ends provide access and a quick connection to the outdoor wood storage stacked neatly to the side. Large floor-to-ceiling windows on the front provide lots of natural daylight and a shell of corten steel protects the cabin. In fact the movable steel exterior can be closed to shutter the home while the owner is away. This protects the home from inclement weather as well as fire danger. Over time the steel and materials will weather and help the little cabin blend in more with its natural surroundings.

+ Olson Kundig Architects

Via Dornob

Images ©Tim Bies

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  1. lmargeson January 4, 2015 at 10:01 am

    The toilet could be outside, as well, with simple moveable screens for both water facilities.

  2. Alexander Kaa January 2, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    How you get water, sewage and electricity in there?

  3. Maria Tamander August 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Love the visual and the practicality….but where are the other clever solutions…solar panel, heating of water…septic?!

  4. Jody McAndrew July 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    this is amazing… it would be my kind of living…!!!! very economical…

  5. arc99 February 10, 2013 at 12:53 am

    what kind of foundation is this specifically? slab on grade?

  6. WC Outbuildings January 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Absolutely love the clean simple lines. The ability to lock it up and leave with no worries is appealing too.

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