Every once in a while we feel the need to unwind, to get away for a while and to just relax without thinking of any of our problems. In such moments there are several options to choose from. One of them would be a nice and cozy cabin in the middle of nature. Whether it’s summer, spring or winter, a cabin in the forest is always inviting and charming.

Andersson Wise Architects designed a cabin in the forest, perched on a hillside near Flathead Lake in Montana, trying to create the perfect retreat: “weekend cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday.”
The cabin stands delicately on a slope above Flathead Lake, Montana, steel legs tiptoed on small pillars of concrete. It’s a fitting posture, as this cabin is meant to be light on the land and light on the mind.

Andersson Wise salvaged pieces of a variety of materials and put them together like new. Timber was sawn off site and re-designed for easy assembly to ensure that very little site disturbance occurred. Apart from a bathroom that takes its water from the nearby lake, and a small kitchen and bedroom, this cabin has few “extras” – promising a rustic camping experience rather than a luxury vacation. There’s no cooling or heat. Electric is minimal. The rooms are spare and open.

The 600-square-foot getaway was designed not to shelter from Montana’s elements, but to embrace them. There’s no cooling or heat. Electric is minimal. The rooms are spare and open. “It is a protected porch,” says architect Arthur Andersson, “made like a piece of furniture.”

The hillside cottage home designed by Andersson Wise Architects frames breathtaking views through its floor-to-ceiling glass walls, but these are best enjoyed from the outdoor terrace overhanging the cliff – what a view! It looks like a great place to relax!

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