On the site of a former RV park in Mazama, Washington, a group of low-impact “rolling huts” designed by Tom Kundig adds a modern touch to the rural landscape. The river valley site is a flood plain, and the elevated design of the huts reflects their context. They were also raised to allow the environment to return to as natural a state as possible. Each identical dwelling is constructed using a simple steel frame and massive steel wheels that allow the huts to be repositioned. Interior space is a scant 200 square feet, but is supplemented by 240 square feet of covered deck space. The materials adorning the huts are simple and durable- plywood and car-decking clad the outside while plywood and cork cover interior surfaces. Each structure enjoys a unique view of the surrounding mountains, and a fireplace, small kitchen, and bathroom combine to create a hospitable atmosphere. Kundig’s huts are a rustic respite, and manage to take second place to their natural surroundings.
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