Olson Kundig breathes new life into former RV campground with low-impact huts on wheels

December 21, 2018 by  
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Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig has revamped an old RV campground in Washington’s Methow Valley with a series of wooden huts. According to the architects, the design for the Rolling Huts, which have just 200 square feet of living space, was inspired by Thoreau’s simple cabin in the woods. The minimalist cabins are set on wooden platforms supported by large wheels in order to reduce impact on the landscape . After closing down permanently, the former RV campground was left vacant for years to let the landscape return to its natural state. Now an expansive meadow filled with natural grasses and wildflowers, the area is the perfect spot for a peaceful retreat. Unfortunately, zoning restrictions prohibited permanent structures from being built on the site prompting the Olson Kundig team to come up with an ingenious solution: putting the huts on wheels. Related: Floating Olson Kundig home makes way for Washington wildlife The six huts were designed to be not only low impact , but also low maintenance. Essentially steel boxes clad in plywood and car-decking, the cabins are set on wooden platforms, which are supported by four wheels. The interior finishes include simple, inexpensive materials such as cork and plywood, which were chosen for their durability. Inside the 200-square-feet tiny cabins is a serene living space with seating that faces out to the north to provide stunning views of the mountains. Clerestory windows, wrap around the walls, letting in optimal natural light. The large double-paned sliding glass doors open up to a large covered deck. The six huts are all orientated to the best views of the mountains so that guests can have unobstructed views of the incredible surrounding nature. According to lead architect Tom Kundig, the cabins were designed to let people disconnect and enjoy nature, “Here, you can hear the silence; here, there exists a great escape from daily life.” + Olson Kundig Via Dwell Photography by Tim Bies, Chad Kirkpatrick and Derek Pirozzi

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Olson Kundig-designed lush public park hides itself in plain sight – on the ninth floor of a department store in South Korea

August 21, 2015 by  
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The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

October 17, 2014 by  
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The results are in, and the mountain wins – a Washington State Court just ordered architect Tom Kundig to move his controversial Flagg Mountain Hut . The lawsuit was raised by residents of nearby Methow Valley, WA who didn’t like seeing their pristine ridgeline disturbed. Speaking about the decision, Judge Christopher Culp said: “… the hut cuts dramatically into the skyline. It does not attempt to blend with its surroundings: it is in stark and vivid contrast to anything around it. The hut could not have been built in a manner more insensitive to the visual minimizing goals of the Covenants.” Read the rest of The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly , Environment , flagg , flagg mountain hut , hut , kundig , methow , recreation , washington

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Architect Tom Kundig to Be Featured at Toto Gallery MA in Tokyo

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Topeak Bikamper is a Tent That Attaches Right to Your Bike

November 4, 2010 by  
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The Topeak Bikamper is a personal shelter that needs no hard to set up poles because it uses your bikes’s handlebars for support. It can be used with 26″ mountain or 700C road bikes, and is perfect for long bike trips.

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