An urban infill lot in Seattle is transformed into a nature-immersed retreat that feels a world apart from its city environment.

City Cabin | Olson Kundig

When Jim Olson, co-founder of the award-winning architecture studio Olson Kundig, was asked by his longtime friend and neighbor to design her new home in Seattle, he had a ready source of inspiration to draw from: his recently expanded Cabin in Longbranch.

City Cabin | Olson Kundig

Reclaimed fir from a fruit storage warehouse in Kennewick, Washington, clads the facade and will weather naturally with minimal maintenance.

Aaron Leitz

The client loved Jim’s cabin in Puget Sound—a project he designed and built at age 18 and modified throughout the years—and asked him to not only model her home after it, but to also channel the wild, forested feel.

City Cabin | Olson Kundig

Full-height windows overlook views of the garden and are protected by the galvanized steel roof overhang. A green sedum roof tops the lower volume.

Aaron Leitz

City Cabin | Olson Kundig

A view of the front door leading to the centrally located living spaces. Clerestory windows above maximize access to natural light while still preserving plenty of privacy.

Aaron Leitz

See the full story on Dwell.com: Immersed in Nature, This City Cabin Targets Net-Zero Energy

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