Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig, this compact cabin in the US state of Vermont seeks to bring family members closer to each other. Embedded into the terrain of Stowe, a region known for its trails and ski slopes, the residence has been conceived as an intimate gathering place amid the white pines and maple trees. The dwelling, which has an efficient 750-square-foot (70 sqm) footprint, presents an elemental, wilderness-inspired material palette of steel, wood, and concrete.
The client brief called for a small, straightforward family cabin in the tradition of the Vermont cabins they grew up with. The architects decided to carry on that legacy by creating a very special place that took inspiration from the landscape. This straightforward and economical dwelling is perfect for a dialogue with the surroundings and to get closer to each other.
Tom Kundig divided the cabin’s interior into three distinct levels: the lowest portion nestles into the site and contains a garage that doubles as a game room, as well as a single bedroom and powder room; the middle story consists of the main entry, two small bedrooms and a bathroom; and the top level is one large living space. By locating the primary living accommodation on the upper level, the architects were able to maximize the home’s view of the surrounding mountains.
Inside and out, materials are left in their raw states, with weathering steel external siding and exposed timber ceilings. The site’s continuous slope and an external steel stair allow for dual entries on the lower and middle levels. Throughout, poured and cast concrete elements in the kitchen and bathrooms continue the cabin’s emphasis on straightforward, simple materials, with radiant heat incorporated in the concrete floors of the main living area. Get more photos of this lovely cabin below!