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At last, a beautiful use for some of those beetle-killed trees stretching across the Rocky Mountains. Architect Missy Brown strolled the several hundred acres of land owned by her clients in Vail, Colorado, until she found the perfect home for the treehouse they commissioned, then selected the fallen and dead lodgepole pines that would make up its form.

The resulting arboreal fort is simple yet comfortable, a grown up’s secret getaway in the woods, with a place to sleep, a small writing desk, and an epic rooftop patio ideal for cracking cold ones after a long trail run or ride on Vail’s off-the-hook singletrack. The one luxury – and perhaps a profligate one – is the electrical baseboard heat that makes more usable all year long.

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Photos by David Patterson

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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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