The idea for the cabin was to create a lakeside shelter in the woodsa little box with a big window that opens to the surrounding landscape. The cabins big window-wall (30 feet by 20 feet) opens the entire living space to the forest and lake. At 2,600 square-feet, the cabin is big enough to handle the family functions it was designed for, yet intimate enough to preserve its charm. The cabin sleeps ten.
The design concept is composed of essentially three parts: a concrete-block box, a plywood insert and a 4-foot diameter steel fireplace (the bong). Materials are low maintenanceconcrete block, steel, concrete floors and plywoodin keeping with the notion of a cabin, and left unfinished to age naturally and acquire a patina that fits in with the idyllic setting. Open, interior spaces are intended to be a seamless extension to the outdoors. The concrete floor inside extends outside and become a terrace with a built-in hot tub.
A 19-foot-tall steel entry door is exaggerated in height to easily accommodate long skis. Once inside, the concrete block volume is punctuated by relatively few distractions: a steel fireplace, a bridge that spans the main space and the master sleeping alcove that floats above the kitchen area. The six-ton window-wall pivots on an off-center axis, its speed regulated by a fly-ball governor (the gizmo).
Materials: 12 CMU, 1¼ ABX Marine Plywood, concrete floor, 3x12 exposed Douglas fir joists (lower roof framing).
Glazing: 1 insulated units with low-e and argon.
Framing system: exposed steel (superstructure), 2x6 wood stud infill.
Lighting: Pauluhn marine fixtures
Door manufacturer: custom
Locksets: Corbin Russwin
Hinges: custom; McKinney