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Delta Shelter / Olson Kundig

  • 01:00 - 12 March, 2012
Delta Shelter / Olson Kundig
Delta Shelter / Olson Kundig, © Tim Bies / Olson Kundig
© Tim Bies / Olson Kundig

© Tim Bies / Olson Kundig © Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig © Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig © Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig +33

  • Consultants

    MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering); Turner Exhibits (shutter engineer and fabricator)
  • Craftspeople

    Farwest Iron Works, Inc. (steel fabricators)
  • Contractor

    Tim Tanner
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig

From the architect. Delta Shelter – a 1,000 square-foot cabin – is essentially a steel-clad box on stilts that can be completely shuttered when the owner is away. The 200 square-foot footprint of the house rises above a 40-acre, 100-year flood plain adjacent to the Methow River. The verticality, coloring and raw nature of the materials used for construction directly respond to the wildness of the setting. The owner sought a compact, easy to maintain, virtually indestructible building to house himself and his friends for fun and adventure in the mountains. With an exterior of steel, the house is virtually indestructible.

2nd Floor Plan. © Olson Kundig
2nd Floor Plan. © Olson Kundig

1st Floor Plan. © Olson Kundig Section 1. © Olson Kundig Elevation 4. © Olson Kundig Sketch 2. © Olson Kundig +33

The cabin is composed of three levels: the lowest level is half carport, half utility/storage room; the middle level consists of the entry, two small bedrooms and bathrooms; the top level is one large space which includes living, dining and cooking areas. Cantilevered steel decks extend from the top and middle levels and provide space for outdoor sleeping and entertaining.

© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig

The cabin is supported by four steel columns. Floors are 3” x 6” tongue-and-groove wood car-decking, and exterior wood infill walls are clad in 16-gauge, hot-rolled steel sheets with exposed steel fasteners. Most of the structure, including the steel structure, roof panels, shutters, and stairs, was prefabricated off-site, thereby reducing on-site waste and site disruption.

Axonometric. © Olson Kundig
Axonometric. © Olson Kundig

Due to prefabrication and the use of plywood for all interior surfaces, typical construction wastage was kept to a minimum. Aside from building as small a structure as possible and limiting the impact on the landscape, Delta Shelter’s most unique sustainable strategy was to be able to open the structure to the environment and to use human power as the means to do it.

© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig

All four shutters, which measure 10’ x 18’, can be opened and closed simultaneously by using a hand wheel that moves the shutters over the glazed portions of each façade. The shutters are operated by a series of mechanical devices including a hand wheel, drive shafts, u-joints, spur gears and cables. All windows are operable. No air conditioning is included in the project.

© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
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IIIE · March 28, 2012

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Mark · March 20, 2012

The snow picture is great. It reminds me of some renderings I recently saw.

Tim · March 17, 2012

What a fun structure! One thing I don't understand, though... how can you get 1000 sq. ft. of living space in 2 (or even 3) stories with a 200 sq. ft. footprint? Then, in the specs at the end it says the size is 1000 sq. meters. Am I missing something?

??? · March 17, 2012

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helen · March 16, 2012

Regardless of how many times you see Olsen Kundigs work it is always refreshing to see clever engineering used to enhance the interaction between user and architecture, rather than to showcase architectural gymnastics like excessive cantelevers and superfluous geometry.

Construction Zone · March 16, 2012

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Nicholas Patten · March 15, 2012

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peter townsend · March 15, 2012

#architecture: Tom Kundig does it every time...http://ow.ly/9F6bH

Richard Mawle · March 15, 2012

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Manuel R. Ferreira · March 15, 2012

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CADDesigns · March 15, 2012

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Elizabeth I · March 14, 2012

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cybirea · March 14, 2012

Cabin porn! We need a cabin culture in this country, then I could have one. ~sigh~
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dragos cristian suba · March 13, 2012

This is the first time i see this project. Looks nice.

Josh Herrman · March 13, 2012

I've seen this house dozen's of times, but seeing it again today- it never gets old. Seems to me that is a good ingredient for a successful project.

jeb · March 13, 2012 05:20 PM

^what she said

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Eric Mehl · March 13, 2012

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Jeff Howell · March 13, 2012

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Ksn-WasHere · March 13, 2012

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Rory · March 13, 2012

I've been in the house when it was about 23F (-5C) and there was nothing miserable about it.

Got to agree with the others though, Archdaily getting desperate?

Scott @ Cube Studio · March 13, 2012

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jow · March 13, 2012

I was just thinking to myself I haven't seen the delta shelter in any blogs this month ...

Hank Lundquist · March 13, 2012

The snow picture is beautiful to look at. I bet the house is miserable to be in when its 32F (0C). Where is the RTU, boys?

Ed · March 13, 2012

This was a great project when it was built years ago- why is it being featured all these years later?

David · March 13, 2012

this building gets more pub than lady gaga.

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