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An Artist’s Studio in the Woods of Washington State by Olson Kundig

03.26.18 | By
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Located in Washington’s Puget Sound region, the Scavenger Studio is a 693-square-foot artist cabin designed by Les Eerkes, now of Eerkes Architects, while he was Design Principal at Olson Kundig. The modern structure resides in a clearing surrounded by woods and features lots of windows to frame the green views. Much of the cabin was built using free materials that were salvaged from homes scheduled to be demolished.

The layout includes a ground floor kitchen and living area, while the second level houses a window-wrapped sleeping loft accessed via a steel staircase.

The studio rests on a six footed foundation which helped keep construction costs down. Along with HardiePanel, the exterior is clad in charred T1-11 plywood for a darkened appearance.

A red panel next to the bed in the loft slides down for ventilation and for better views.

Simple, unfinished plywood is used on the ceilings, masonite is used on the floors, and painted drywall covers the walls for a minimalist look.

The Scavenger Studio was completed while Les Eerkes was Design Principal at Olson Kundig, who is considered the Architect of Record for the project.

Photos by Benjamin Benschneider.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.