In the sweltering climate of the Southeastern United States, a cool bit of shade can be a hot commodity. Long ago, before a cold blast of air was as simple as flipping the A/C switch, Southeastern architects developed the Dogtrot house, a log cabin which, when oriented properly, takes advantage of southerly winds through an open side porch, but keeps the shelter protected from rain with overhanging eaves. The classic dogtrot actually consists of two of these cabins, which connect at the side opening, creating a central passageway for natural ventilation.

Now the Dogtrot has been revived several thousands miles north of its origin, by Toronto-based architecture and design team WilliamsonWilliamson. Shane and Betsy Williamson’s version of the dogtrot consists of two modules that can be folded up when necessary to fall within the 100-sq-ft limit for non-permitted out buildings. When unfolded, the two connect, with sleeping quarters on one side and living/kitchen quarters on the other. It’s an ideal temporary holiday dwelling, since it can be folded up and sealed off easily.

WilliamsonWilliamson was recently selected for the prestigious 2006 Young Architects Forum by the Architectural League of New York. The team will be presenting their work on April 27th at the Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue, New York City, in conjunction with the opening of the Young Architects Forum exhibition that features the winner’s designs. Their work will also be displayed on the Architectural League’s website and in a catalogue to be published by Princeton Architectural Press.

+ WilliamsonWilliamson

+ An interesting case study on Dogtrot architecture from the UC Berkeley School of Architecture

via + EuropaConcorsi