False Bay Writer's Cabin

Whether it's sunny or snowy, Washington's San Juan Islands are almost always windy. This fact plays into the design of False Bay Writer's Cabin. Another gem from Tom Kundig, it uses a trio of wooden slat decks and a system of winches, rope, sheaves, and blocks to raise them, completely closing off the cabin. Three sides of the 500 square foot space are glass, with a small area in the back for a bathroom and kitchenette. A blackened steel floor inlay helps tie the rotating fireplace into the design and bisects the wooden floor, giving the open floorplan an added sense of order.

Photos: Olson Kundig

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