Olson Forest Cabin With Interesting Architecture

This amazing forest cabin with unique architecture was first built in 1930s, and then renoveated several times

This amazing forest cabin with unique architecture was first built in 1930s, and then renoveated several times

Jim Olson built a bunkhouse in1930s, and this house is the only piece that was left after the fire on the property. When he became an architect, he decided to add rooms to it and to renovate the cottage several times. The previous structure was integrated into the new one and here’s what it is now.

The cabin consists of three tiny pavilions linked by wooden platforms under a unifying roof and the whole structure is grounded onto the hillside. More rooms were added with the course of time, and now the house is 2,400 square feet. The cabin is intentionally subdued in color and texture, allowing it to recede into the woods and defer to the beauty of the landscape. The materials used for the project are really simple: wood, plywood, recycled boards and steel.

The interiors are pretty simple, modern and rustic at the same time, with a lot of light-colored wood in decor, with plywood and concrete – such a material combo highlights that it’s a woodland cabin. Every space features glazed walls, one or two or oversized windows to catch the forest views and help the owners merge with nature. There’s much natural light in every room and wood makes them cozier and more inviting. A series of small terraces/porches help everyone enjoy the landscapes. Have a look at them below.

The house is built of wood of various kinds and colors, plywood to give it a natural woodland-like look

The house is built of wood of various kinds and colors, plywood to give it a natural woodland-like look

The house consists of pavilions that are connected with corridors under a unifying roof

The house consists of pavilions that are connected with corridors under a unifying roof

There are various terraces and porches to enjoy the views

There are various terraces and porches to enjoy the views

Inside you will see much light-colored wood with textures to make the spaces more inviting and comfy

Inside you will see much light-colored wood with textures to make the spaces more inviting and comfy

There's extensive glazing to allow everyone enjoy the views as much as possible

There's extensive glazing to allow everyone enjoy the views as much as possible

The spaces inside subtly flow from one into another and look very rela and harmonious

The spaces inside subtly flow from one into another and look very rela and harmonious

the kitchen features not only plywood cabinets but also pebbles and stainless steel appliances

the kitchen features not only plywood cabinets but also pebbles and stainless steel appliances

The master bedroom features bookshelves on both sides and a skylight above the bed

The master bedroom features bookshelves on both sides and a skylight above the bed

The furniture is modern and simple, of steel, wood and acryl not to distract attention from the views

The furniture is modern and simple, of steel, wood and acryl not to distract attention from the views

The guest bedroom is clad with natural wood and there's an upholstered creamy bed

The guest bedroom is clad with natural wood and there's an upholstered creamy bed

A small working space is located next to a window to enjoy the views while working

A small working space is located next to a window to enjoy the views while working

Here's how the house looks from the woodlands

Here's how the house looks from the woodlands

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