Cabin on Flathead Lake / Andersson Wise Architects

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Architects: Andersson Wise Architects
Location: , Montana,
Photographs: Art Gray

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.

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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.

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Cite: "Cabin on Flathead Lake / Andersson Wise Architects" 21 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=177523>