Tiny one room cabin inspired by nature on the Gulf Islands


Olson Kundig Architects designed this one room cabin that covers basic everyday living essentials, located just off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. This zero-maintenance retreat focuses on the experience of nature. On the exterior, a glazed facade is covered by hefty, weathered steel panels. This helps to secure the cabin when the owner is not there.

The sliding panel is hung from barn hinges and operated by hand. As for the material, it is a commodity steel pulled off a stack before fabrication. On the panel are mill markings, which will slowly fade. Along with securing the cabin, the panel controls the amount of light filtering into the interior. Additionally, it provides shelter for the open-air shower. This tiny shelter of just 191 square feet was constructed onto the footprint of a former cabin.


What We Love: This one room cabin inspires relaxation and solitude, a respite from the daily grind. We are loving the simplistic design, created to encourage outdoor living. Compact yet functional, this tiny retreat offers everything one could need to function daily. Weathered panels provides a shelter from the elements and security to the structure. Overall a unique design that is ideal for those who appreciate a minimalist lifestyle.

Tell Us: Could you live in this compact shelter in the woods or would you need something bigger? Please share what you think of the overall design in the Comments below!

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Above: On the exterior, a rammed earth retaining wall provides the backdrop to a raw steel-clad box that incorporates highly insulated glass. The untreated mild steel cladding will weather naturally, eventually melding into with the surrounding rocks and foliage.

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Above: On the interior, wood surfaces helps to create a warm and inviting refuge for the owner. A modest yet efficient wood stove provides warmth to a room encompassing a bed, kitchenette, and toilet. Materials used in the interior of this cabin consists mainly of cedar, harvested from fallen logs on the property. The architects also repurposed a demolished local trestle bridge.


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Photos: Tim Bies

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