Nestled on a steep slope near the iconic Muir Woods in California, a pair of outbuildings offer a sublime connection to Mother Nature.

Mill Valley Cabins

With planted roofs and vertical timber siding, the Mill Valley Cabins have been crafted to look and feel like a natural extension of the surrounding forest canopy. Designed by Feldman Architecture  the two structures—one serving as an artist studio and the other as a place to practice yoga—sit lightly on the land and take cues from the existing topography.

Spruce and pine cladding echo the verticality of the tree trunks surrounding the cabins.

Spruce and pine cladding echo the verticality of the tree trunks surrounding the cabins. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

The steep slope necessitated careful attention to waterproofing and drainage.

The steep slope necessitated careful attention to waterproofing and drainage.

Photo: Joe Fletcher



The 500-square-foot artist studio is located higher on the slope, and overlooks the green roof of the 415-square-foot yoga studio below.  

Both structures step out to small south-facing terraces.

Both structures step out to small south-facing terraces. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

Each cabin uniquely suits the needs of the owners—one an artist and the other an avid gardener and yoga enthusiast. The two clients also share an existing home on site.

Large columns and shear walls offer the structural support needed to mitigate minor earthquakes.

Large columns and shear walls offer the structural support needed to mitigate minor earthquakes. 

Photo: Joe Fletcher

See the full story on Dwell.com: These Art and Yoga Cabins Mimic California’s Majestic Forests

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