On Salt Spring Island in British Columbia lies a tiny one-room cabin, a finely detailed retreat from Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects. Its sleek design and kinship with nature make an elegant case for simple living—that, plus the most uncontrived outdoor shower we've seen.
Above: The cabin requires few storage spaces; firewood is stacked neatly on the back porch.
Above: The building engages with the outdoors while providing sanctuary in a rugged landscape.
Above: An unfinished steel panel slides manually over the cabin windows, securing the building when the owners are away.
Above: Principal Tom Kundig left the original lettering on the commodity steel panel as a reminder of its rawness and history.
Above: Cedar-lined ceilings and floors add coziness and warmth.
Above: One room packs all the essentials: a small toilet, kitchen, and wood-burning stove.
Above: The owners shower outdoors; a propane tank provides hot water when needed. Simple wood benches serve double duty as shower staples and patio furniture.
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