Tucked just inside the extreme northwest border of United States, lies little San Juan Island. And on that island, a few hours north of Seattle, or a little less south of Vancouver, is a small writer’s retreat cabin. 500 square feet of minimalist calm. The outside world too much? Simply raise the decking to shutter yourself inside. Ready for sunlight, the wind in your face? Lower it again, and whoosh, the smell of the sea, the call of gulls. The cabin was designed by Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig, as a refuge to be shuttered when not in use, but these days, refuge means a little something different entirely.
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.
Photos: Olson Kundig
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