Floating Wooden Cabin by Olson Kundig in Portage Bay

Madani Matadian | Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Designed by local architectural firm Olson Kundig, this building is a cabin floating above Portage Bay in Seattle. This cabin is a rental house offered for a full-time stay. In this area, floating cabins are rented out for various needs ranging from vacations, parties, or spare time.

this building is a cabin floating above Portage Bay in Seattle

This two-story floating house uses cedarwood and mild galvanized steel. The volume of the square is visible in the construction of the cabin building when viewed from any angle. With its overhanging roof and soft color palette, the building is meant to offer visitors a sense of the natural sensibility of an urban environment.

This two-story floating house uses cedarwood and mild galvanized steelConsisting of two floors, the top of this house is located slightly backward and not parallel to the ground floor, this certainly creates a sense of protection indirectly. Although it is not very spacious and does not have a land part, this house is still equipped with a 9.3m2 terrace with a protruding roof. Thus, visually the roof of this house contributes to the appearance of a low horizontal house.

This building consisting of two floors

With a humid and water-filled environment, the team chose exterior materials that are low-maintenance and can withstand a saltwater marine environment. Thus, the structure is assembled with a system made of galvanized steel. However, the facade of this house is lined with western red cedar wood which is arranged in such away.

the upper floor where the bedroom suite is located

The windows are provide a natural light

The main element of this floating cabin occupies 147m2 as the total area of ​​​​the house. To the maximum extent possible, the lower floor includes an open space to relax, eat, cook and work as well as a small guest bedroom. To support the interior, there is a glass corner and a large sliding door that allows the terrace to blend with the wooden decoration. On some sides of the house, there are large glass windows as a source of light entry. The staircase in the house is also equipped with windows to provide natural light leading to the upper floor where the bedroom suite is located.

 the lower floor includes an open space to relax, eat, cook and work

 the lower floor includes an open space to relax, eat, cook and work

Overall, the materials used in this cabin are galvanized steel, cedar, oak, and intricate branches. The use of woods is intended as a warm touch that contrasts with the surrounding conditions that are filled with water. This cabin house is intended to provide a sense of comfort and bind residents and visitors to their environment.

Project Information

Office Name :
Olson Kundig
Project Location :
Seattle, United States
Completion year :
2021
Photographer Name :
Aaron Leitz
Architecture| Residential|
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