Bear Run Cabin / David Coleman Architecture

Bear Run Cabin / David Coleman Architecture

© Benjamin Benschneider© Benjamin Benschneider© Benjamin Benschneider© Benjamin Benschneider+ 23

Marblemount, United States
  • Lead Architect:David Coleman
  • Design Team:David Coleman, Principal; Daniel Payson, Trevor Dykstra
  • Contractor:Piazza Construction
  • Building Finishes:Mark Malone
More SpecsLess Specs
© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

Text description provided by the architects. Located on a rain-drenched site in the rugged, north-western foothills of the Cascade Mountains, this modest, sustainable building has a big presence in a big landscape. Surrounded by dramatic, mountain peaks, the site slopes to the east and overlooks a large woodlot. Our clients wanted a building that had presence in and subservience to the wild landscape. This duality became the thematic tag that informed the design.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider
Floor plans
Floor plans
© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

In order to preserve the rugged landscape, we limited the building’s footprint to a 30’ by 100’ rectangle. Two buildings are juxtaposed within this footprint in a ying/yang fashion, leaving a sinuous exterior space that is defensible and varied. The western terrace is carved into the site, stepping down into the earth, leading to a soaking tub set behind a glass wall. The south-eastern porch and monumental stair, both covered by a soaring roof, rise above the site, offering shelter from the rain and summer sun. Both spaces meet in an interstitial “rain garden” – a place where seasonal rains gather and flow toward the river below.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

The building is designed to be seasonally expansive – generous in summer when livability expands outside onto the porches and terraces, modest and efficient in winter. The 890 SF cabin houses a great room, bath and sleeping loft clad in frameless glass. All rooms open toward distant views of the mountains. The 1000 SF studio houses a music room, workshop and guest loft. The west wall is clad in a polycarbonate skin, bathing the interiors in sunlight during the day, and the exterior terrace in a dramatic display of light at night. Building forms are angular and elemental, not unlike the surrounding mountain peaks. The result is a dramatic building, deceptively simple, deeply rooted in the site and unexpectedly crisp and modern.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

Sustainable features include geothermal heat, plantation-sourced wood, super insulation, and passive solar. The cabin’s shell was built by a local contractor and finished by the client on a tight budget over several years. The cabin’s name comes from a particularly memorable experience he had during construction.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

Project gallery

See allShow less
About this office
Cite: "Bear Run Cabin / David Coleman Architecture" 25 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/934432/bear-run-cabin-david-coleman-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884
© Benjamin Benschneider

熊跑小屋,多雨地区的‘雨水花园’ / David Coleman Architecture

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.