Foley Ridge Cabin is Conceived as a Galvanized Steel Monolith Elevated on Two Concrete Walls

Foley Ridge Cabin is Conceived as a Galvanized Steel Monolith Elevated on Two Concrete Walls

Architects: onSITE Architecture
Project: Foley Ridge Cabin
Location: Stuart, Virginia, US
Photography: Ansel Olson

Foley Ridge Cabin is a bedroom addition to an archetypal single-room dwelling. The project is located in a pristine natural landscape, accessible by a rugged dirt trail and situated on a steeply sloped clearing with a long view to Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The building is conceived as a galvanized steel monolith elevated on two concrete walls. It is oriented perpendicular to the fall of the land, thereby maintaining natural drainage patterns and minimizing site disruption.

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Primary spaces are carved from the monolith and are homogenous in their materiality. Each is carefully oriented toward a particular natural vista and therefore skewed relative to the exterior. A maple bedroom is carved toward the northwest at the full height of the gable, delivering the longest sunset view of the distant mountain horizon.

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A child’s room is carved toward the southeast, filling the space with the rich foliage of the adjacent deciduous forest and delivering the day with the horizontal rays of the rising sun. A concrete bathroom opens only to the eastern sky, offering morning showers bathed in an ether of steam and light. A wedged corridor slices across the maple rooms, linking to the trail head and bridging to the existing dwelling.

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In the Appalachian traditions of elegance-in-economy and artisan craft, the cabin is constructed with ordinary materials hand-fashioned with extraordinary attention to detail. The building is at once permanent and light on the earth.

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