This compact cabin in the US state of Vermont was designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig and is intended to bring family members closer together. Nestled in the grounds of Stowe, a region known for its hiking trails and ski slopes, the residence was designed as an intimate meeting place amid the white pine and maple trees. The apartment with an efficient area of 70 square meters offers an elementary, wilderness-inspired palette of materials made of steel, wood and concrete.
The customer order called for a small, no-nonsense family cabin in the tradition of the Vermont cottages they grew up with. The architects decided to continue this legacy by creating a very special place that was inspired by the landscape. This uncomplicated and economical apartment is perfect for a dialogue with the environment and to get closer to each other.
Tom Kundig divided the interior of the cabin into three different levels: the lowest part nestles into the area and contains a garage that doubles as a playroom, as well as a single room and a guest toilet. The middle floor consists of the main entrance, two small bedrooms and a bathroom. and the top level is a great living space. By locating the primary residential accommodation on the upper level, the architects were able to maximize the house’s view of the surrounding mountains.
Inside and outside, the materials remain in their raw state, with weatherproof external cladding made of steel and exposed wooden ceilings. The continuous slope of the site and an external steel staircase allow double entrances on the lower and middle levels. Meanwhile, poured and poured concrete elements in the kitchen and bathroom put the focus of the cabin on simple, simple materials, with the concrete floors of the main living area containing radiant heat. Get more photos of this lovely cabin below!