Caring Cabin / TVA Architects

  • 04 Oct 2012
  • Houses Selected Works
© Rich Strode

Architects: TVA Architects
Location: , Oregon,
Project Team: John Heili, Tom Douville, Nick Williams
Lead Design: Bob Thompson – Design Principal
Photographs: Rich Strode, Stephen Cridland

Project Area: 3,900 sq ft
Consultants: ABHT Structural Engineers
General Contractor: Sunco Homes and Remodeling

The Children’s Cancer Association sought to provide a lakeside retreat where the families of children diagnosed with cancer could escape the sterile environments of the medical world and enjoy the serenity of nature to create their own lasting memories.

© Rich Strode

The 3,900 sf Caring Cabin provides that opportunity. Designed as a series of pavilions, the retreat compound is defined by the main residence, a small meditation pavilion and a two car garage (game room) with storage space. The main facility is comprised of two private family bedroom pavilions and an adjacent family gathering pavilion including the kitchen, dining, and informal gathering spaces with a large stone fireplace. The connecting circulation space is defined by a lower flat roof building form. The corners of the pavilions are wrapped with glass walls to allow the connection with the outdoors with views of the lake, and flood the exposed wood framed interior spaces with the warmth of natural light.

© Rich Strode

The facility was designed pro-bono, and largely constructed of donated building materials. Due to the sensitive nature of the buildings users, care was taken to eliminate toxic building materials. Finishes include natural stone, low VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives, natural wool carpets and formaldehyde-free wood products from sustainable sources.

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  • Dave Munson

    I like how the roofs correspond to individual rooms, even if they aren’t all the same pitch or direction. I also like the sort of solidness of the beams and columns on the interior, the shingles on the exterior, and the sort of contrast between the softness of the shingles and the cold hardness of the windows and their steel frames.

  • yahya kaddoura

    and inner pitch roof ? i mean a roof is pitched to the center of the house ?? this might cause a hug damage in winter
    plus this technic my be done to increase the outer exterior surface area to provide hug windows for the view .. specialy when u have an impressive environment as shown