Pole Pass Cabin

Orcas Island, Washington


    Pole Pass Cabin

    A secluded family retreat located in the San Juan islands of Washington State. This is the modern expression of a cabin – built with an engineered steel frame and walls of glass. On two faces of the building entire walls slide open driven by a hand-cranked gear opening the home to the outdoors. Second-growth clear douglas fir framing creates warm and rich ceilings. Fir plywood and blackened steel wrap the interior walls, punctuated by functional walls of tile or a custom steel vanity painted Lockhart|Suver orange. The planted roofs elevate two rectangular planes of grass field to serve as natural terraces for the upper floor master suite. The exterior is clad with a traditional Japanese shou sugi ban charred cedar plank siding.

    Orcas Island, Washington

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    Tom Kundig principal architect
    Mark Olthoff and Chris Gerrick project architects
    Olson Kundig Architects

    Debbie Kennedy
    Olson Kundig Architects

    Benjamin Benschneider Photography




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