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An Urban Cabin Inspired by a Picnic Shelter in the Forest

05.13.16 | By
An Urban Cabin Inspired by a Picnic Shelter in the Forest
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Designed for a retired couple who wanted to downsize, Urban Cabin was created by Suyama Peterson Deguchi after the couple had been living on the site for 26 years. With a desire to simplify, challenges came up as they were surrounded by excess and they wanted to live with less. The home’s design was inspired by a primitive picnic shelter in a forest therefore, excess elements were removed or reduced to the minimum.

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The house was designed with windows and doors facing the west towards the garden and ponds. A simple sheltering roof is supported by a solid wall on the east that provides privacy from a public park. The roof hangs over by several feet to provide shelter and to extend the space from the interior.

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The wooden exterior siding on the long east wall continues seamlessly into the interior spaces visually extending the room.

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Photos by Michael Burns.

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.