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Architect Tom Kundig’s designs are strikingly modern, boxy, and simple. Chicken Point Cabin, on the edge of Lake Hayden in northern Idaho, is comprised of three basic forms: a concrete shell, a steel fireplace made from repurposed Alaskan oil pipeline, and a plywood insert. It is hard-edged and a little defiant, with seemingly few cues to soften the visuals. But at the same time, it’s not unwelcoming: The massive tilt-up picture window frames the lake and mountains the same way another other window would, only on much a larger scale. Bits of color and a thick area rug draw the eye without competing with the views of nature. The wooden steps and select walls practically glow. And by locating the only windows toward the lake, it focuses your vision on what’s most important.

Architect: Olson Kundig

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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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.