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Gulf Islands Cabin

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by Justin last modified Jun 25, 2017

Tom Kundig designed this off-grid, one-room cabin located on Salt Spring Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island.



Gulf Islands Cabin

From the architect:

Set on an island off the coast of Vancouver Island, this single-room cabin covers the basics of living. It is a no-maintenance retreat where the emphasis is on the experience of nature. A large, weathered steel panel slides across a window wall, securing the space when the owner is away.
A large weathered steel panel slides across the glazed facade, securing the space when the owner is away. The panel, hung from barn hinges and operated by hand, is commodity steel pulled off a stack before fabrication; the mill markings will eventually fade. In addition to securing the cabin, the panel modulates light to the interior and serves as a shield for the open-air shower.
Purposely built on the site of a former cabin, the tiny—191 square feet—structure fits within the footprint of the previously disturbed area. A retaining wall formed of rammed local earth is set against a raw steel-clad box incorporating highly insulated glass. The untreated mild steel cladding is allowed to weather naturally and will eventually blend in with the surrounding rocks and foliage. Inside, wood-finished surfaces create a cozy refuge. A small and efficient wood stove heats a room that contains a bed, kitchenette, and toilet. Interior surfaces are primarily cedar harvested from fallen logs on the property and from a demolished local trestle bridge.

Architect: Tom Kundig

Photographs: Tom Bies



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