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Flashback: Sunset Cabin / Taylor Smyth Architects

  • 01:00 - 22 September, 2011
Flashback: Sunset Cabin / Taylor Smyth Architects
Flashback: Sunset Cabin / Taylor Smyth Architects, © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc. © Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc. +8

From the architect. Flashback: One of Archdaily's goals is to bring you up to date information about projects that are being designed and constructed around the world. We've created a new category to cover inspiring projects that were constructed between the 1990's and the early 2000's.

Nestled into a slope on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, this one room sleeping cabin is a simple but sophisticated Canadian bunkie, evoking the “primitive hut” of branches constructed in the wilderness.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

The clients desired a private retreat from the main cottage further up the hill that would also enhance their enjoyment of the surrounding landscape in a location previously used to watch the sunset.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

The fully insulated glass cabin is encased on three sides by cedar slats. A green roof is planted with sedums and herbs to camouflage views of the cabin from the main cottage. The minimal furnishing includes a bed with built-in drawers, a wall of storage cabinets and a wood-burning stove. All interior surfaces, including floor and ceiling, are fabricated of birch veneer plywood.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The changes of both season and time of day continuously transform the cabin’s presence and dynamics with the landscape. With trees in full leaf, it recedes into the vegetation, integrating architecture with landscape. In winter with ground and lake unified under a blanket of white, the horizontal lines of the slats are distinguished against the vertical rhythm of bare tree trunks. By day, the interior experience is a play between light and shadow as sunlight filters through the screen, projecting ever-changing patterns onto the floor. The random gaps provide abstract snapshots of vegetation, lake and sky. After dusk the effect is reversed — cloaked in darkness, the cabin evokes a lantern-like quality, radiating golden electric light from between the slats.

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame Inc.

To simplify the complications of working at a remote, sloping site, the project was prefabricated in a parking lot in Toronto over a period of four weeks. Components were numbered, disassembled and reconstructed on site in just ten days. Prefabrication reduced costs by decreasing construction time and labour costs during installation and brought minimum disruption to the landscape.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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Art · May 29, 2014

Rrrrr

jonathan · August 01, 2013

Wau que precio estaria o rondaria para comprarlo y en donde :P :P

Evan Collins · September 25, 2011

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Mike Page · September 23, 2011

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WORKS Architects · September 23, 2011

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Santi Maggio Savasta · September 23, 2011

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marcos hofmeister · September 23, 2011

A velha casa na montanha redesenhada - http://t.co/uM4I6jdD

Ufficio Arquitetura · September 23, 2011

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Jennifer Knight · September 23, 2011

This one room cabin serves as a private retreat away from the property&#39s larger cottage. Do you like? http://t.co/wj4NRu4e

munter roe · September 22, 2011

With the view I wouldn't need that TV!

kodadesign · September 23, 2011 06:51 AM

with that view i wouldnt put screening over the glazing either!

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