If you're a creative type who's ever dreamed of having a little spot to escape from distractions, or just a person who occasionally craves solitude and the embrace of nature, you'll love this little writer's cabin on an island in the Puget Sound. The house is walled by glass on three sides, opening it up to the surrounding wilderness, but it also has oversize shutters that can be opened and closed, turning it into a tiny little cocoon of a home.
The cabin is a design of Olson Kundig Architects, a group of designers that has a history of building projects with an unconventional approach to the divide between inside and out. The layout of the cabin is quite simple: a single, open room for lounging, writing and sleeping, with a tiny kitchenette and bathroom tucked into an enclosed space behind. The whole interior is only 500 square feet: the shutters, when lowered, become outdoor decks, adding an additional 600 square feet of outdoor living area.
The south shutter can be lowered independently, in the case you'd like a compromise between open and shut, and the fireplace in the living room rotates so you can enjoy the outdoors even on chilly days. A Murphy bed folds out from the wall, so the space can function as a guesthouse as well as a writer's retreat.
It's all very clever, but I think the most compelling thing to me, as a New Yorker, is the setting. The main house is visible, in the distance, on the cabin's west side, but for the most part it's just you, and the trees, and the slow unwinding of your thoughts. It's both cozy and expansive—the perfect place to create, or just to be.
To see more images and read more about the house, check out the full story on Dwell.