Located in a woodsy area on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, the Sol Duc Cabin was built as a low-maintenance retreat for a client that likes to fly-fish. Designed by Tom Kundig, of Olson Kundig Architects, the steel-clad cabin is 350 square feet and sits upon stilts, helping to protect the structure from occasional floods.

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

When there’s a storm or when the owner isn’t there, the compact cabin can be completely closed up for safe keeping. A massive panel slides to reveal floor-to-ceiling windows hidden behind it.

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

A cantilevered roof protects the interior and deck from the sun. The steel deck makes way for views of the river.

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

There are two floors inside – a living space down below and a sleeping loft above, the perfect amount of space for the owner and his wife.

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

The house is virtually indestructible thanks to the durability of steel. It naturally patinas over time.

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

Most of the structure’s elements were built off-site, including the steel frame and panels, the roof, shutters, and stairs, helping to reduce construction waste on the land.

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

The interior is simple, yet cozy and comfortable, providing everything one might need while staying there.

A Compact, Low Maintenance Cabin in Washington State in main architecture  Category

Photos by Benjamin Benschneider.