Weekend Cabin: Rolling Huts, Winthrop, Washington

There’s no confusing the shared DNA between the rolling huts of Winthrop, Washington, in the Methow Valley and the Delta Shelter, in Mazama — the confident hand of Olson Kundig Architects is evident in the boxy shapes, the exposed metal, and vaguely Star Warsian flavor. Modern yet hinting of tradition.

The rolling huts — or Rolling Huts, since they comprise the name of a business — were designed by Tom Kundig to reclaim the site of an old RV park, to let the meadowed floodplain return to some sense of wildness and watch the grass grow tall, where before there had been nothing but a Winnebago ghetto. The six comprised a small herd of mobile, rentalable, slightly rustic getaways — the owner calls them modern alternatives to camping, and perhaps that’s true but this isn’t exactly roughing it. Sleeping is on a platform (made for two, there’s a modular unit in the living room that can sleep two more) and you do your deal in a portable toilet, but otherwise — deluxe. There’s fridge and microwave, wi-fi and microwave, and showers nearby. And at $135 a night for two people, affordable. Now let’s just roll one over here.

Architects: Olson Kundig

Photography: Chad Kirkpatrick and Tim Bies

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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