Chicken Point Cabin by Olson Kundig Architects

May 20, 2010

Olson Kundig Architects designed the Chicken Point Cabin in a rural area of Northern Idaho.

The idea for the cabin is that of a lakeside shelter in the woods—a little box with a big window that opens to the surrounding landscape. The cabin’s big window-wall (30 feet by 20 feet) opens the entire living space to the forest and lake.

The design concept is composed of basically three parts: a concrete block box with a plywood insert and a 4-foot diameter steel fireplace (the bong).  Materials are low maintenance—concrete block, steel, concrete floors and plywood—in keeping with the notion of a cabin, and left unfinished to naturally age and acquire a patina that fits in with the natural setting.  Open interior spaces are intended to be a seamless extension to the natural setting. A 19-foot tall steel entry door can accommodate long skis.
The cabin sleeps ten.


Photography © Benjamin Benschneider

Chicken Point Cabin Project Credits

Architect: Olson Kundig Architects

Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, design principal; Steven Rainville, project architect; Debbie Kennedy, interior designer

Consultants: Turner Exhibits (gizmo fabricator and engineer); Monte Clark Engineering (structural engineering); Moser, Inc. (design/build mechanical system)

Craftspeople: All New Glass (big window); Star Steel (steel structure, bong); Steve Clark (table fabricator, cabinets, beds)

Contractor: MC Construction