Weekend Cabin Nestled in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

Weekend Cabin Nestled in the White Mountains, New Hampshire

Architects: I-Kanda Architects
Project: Weekend Cabin
Project Team: I. Kanda, S. Chun, C. Sledziona, S. Hien
Location: White Mountains, New Hampshire, United States
Area: 900 SF
Photography: Matt Delphenich

Description by architect: The weekend cabin is perched on a granite outcropping in the White Mountains. It was sited to project precariously over a steep drop-off, allowing dramatic views across the valley at several prominent peaks.

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Instead of leveling the granite ledge, the topography is embraced; the structure is lifted on 9 hand-poured concrete footings – a system selected in order to tread lightly on the sloped site. Working with Fire Tower Engineered Timber and Bensonwood, all framing elements were engineered and pre-cut before being delivered to site wrapped, labeled, and ready for assembly. Minimal trees were cleared to provide specific views through a 24ft wide sliding glass wall by Architectural Openings.

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The cabin was initially conceived as a weekend getaway for 2. However, during the course of the design process, the 2 grew to become a family of 3, then 4. The growing needs of the family required maximizing the footprint while responding to the strictly limited availability of granite on which to build.

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The faceted geometry of the cabin reflects this evolution – a form that is both elemental yet appears to be in constant transformation depending on one’s vantage point. It is shaped both by its surroundings and by its occupants, making a lasting connection between what is there and what is to come.

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