This small solar-powered hideaway in British Columbia mirrors the natural incline of the cliff on which it sits. Architecture studio Battersby Howat worked with Hinterland Design to assemble a small team of craftsmen to build the Valdes Island Shack, combining prefabricated design with traditional building techniques.
The 386-square-foot cabin sits on a bluff overlooking the Salish Sea and features solar power and a rainwater filtration system. A team of Hinterland Design workers camped near the building site over the course of 5 weeks and crafted the exterior and interior finishes to fit the framing, which was prefabricated off-site by AJIA. The exterior is clad in black-stained cedar siding, while saw-cut white stained plywood dominates the interior.
The color contrast between the exterior and interior helps the building blend into the forest, while providing a serene space with expansive views of the lake. Slightly tilting backward, the house soaks up the natural light that illuminates the interior. Inside, a metal-rung ladder connects the main living space with dining area and kitchen to the sleeping loft above, which has breathtaking views.
Photo by Lucas Finlay