2014 Recipient | AIA Housing Awards

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Sol Duc Cabin | Notes of Interest

Built for a client who fly-fishes for steelhead, the overall design responds to the owner’s desire for a compact, low-maintenance, virtually indestructible building to house himself and his wife during fishing expeditions. Composed of two levels, the cabin’s entry, dining and kitchen areas are located on the lower floor while a sleeping loft with minimal shelving hovers above. A cantilevered steel deck extends from the lower level, providing unimpeded views of the river.

Most of the structure—the steel frame and panels, the roof, shutters, and stairs—was prefabricated off-site, thereby reducing on-site waste and site disruption. Prefabrication kept typical construction wastage to a minimum. The sleeping loft is the result of innovative materials salvaging and construction.

Located on the Olympic Peninsula, this steel-clad 350 sf cabin on stilts can be completely shuttered when the owner is away. the cabin’s rugged patina and raw materiality respond to the surrounding wilderness while its verticality provides a safe haven during occasional floods from the nearby river. Sol Duc Cabin’s cantilevered roof provides solar shading and protection from the strong coastal storms from the west.

Additional Credits

  • Design Lead: Tom Kundig
  • Project Manager: Edward Lalonde
  • General Contractor: Schuchart/Dow
  • Civil Engineer: Zanovic and Associates
  • Structural Engineer: MCE Structural Consultants
  • Photo Credit: © Benjamin Benschneider

Sol Duc Cabin

Category: One and Two Family Custom Residences

Jury Comments

Compact with clever human powered shutters. The industrial steel vocabulary serves as a beautiful foil for nature. Simultaneously physically compact and emotionally expansive.

2014 Housing Awards Jury

  • Nancy Ludwig, FAIA, Chair
  • ICON architecture, inc.
  • Charlestown, Massachusetts
  • David Barista
  • Building Design+Construction
  • Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Louise Braverman, FAIA
  • Louise Braverman Architect
  • New York City
  • Jean Rehkamp Larson, AIA
  • Rehkamp Larson Architects, Inc.
  • Minneapolis

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