Timeless Wood Cabin has Been Continually Remodeled and Expanded Since 1959

The Longbranch Cabin has seen quite a transformation since its original construction in 1959. Located amongst the towering fir trees on the Puget Sound, creator Jim Olson (of Olson Kundig architects) has remodeled and expanded the bunk multiple times over the decades–in 1981, 1997, 2003, and 2014. In each iteration, Olson reuses and integrates the existing structure while also adding to its overall square footage.

The layout of the cabin is relatively simple, with a series of boxes that are set under a unifying exposed roof. Together, these rooms create a cohesive, single form that's grounded onto the hillside and projects over the treetops. The living room frames this stunning view with a large 11′ x 13′ window, visually blending the interior and exterior space. This idea follows through the rest of the cabin, as Olson has placed sliding doors, windows, and a domed skylight over the bed to provide a constant connection to the natural world.

The Longbranch intends to fade from focus and allow the greenery to shine. Olson intentionally subdued the exterior color and texture, opting to build with humble, timeless materials: wood-framed walls sheathed in plywood; steel columns; and fir flooring for the deck. It's this conservative-yet-modern sensibility that has helped the cabin seamlessly grow over nearly 60 years, starting as a 14-square foot cabin and morphing into an expansive weekend retreat.

Olson Kundig: Website
via [Uncrate]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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