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Cabin on Flathead Lake / Andersson Wise Architects

  • Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
  • Location: Polson, Montana, USA
  • Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
  • Photographs: Art Gray

© Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray © Art Gray

From the architect. Locals call the granite and shale cliff overlooking Montana’s Flathead Lake “The Matterhorn”. It is a place to observe the natural world: the lake, the surrounding ponderosa pine forest, and especially the eagles and ospreys that nest nearby. Together, the water, cliff, and trees form a classic picture of the expansive American West, and it is clear why Montana is still known as North America’s great destination.

© Art Gray
© Art Gray

Within this context, the cabin’s diaphanous volume is set on six steel piers that are delicately anchored to concrete blocks set into the slope. Screened walls enclose a living area, which has an open floor plan and wood slat floors that extend outside. Amenities are sparse but not neglected: a small kitchen, bathroom, and shower allow guests an overnight stay. The cabin has no heating or cooling system and running water is pumped from the lake below.

© Art Gray
© Art Gray

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