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Cabin on Flathead Lake

Designed by Andersson-Wise Architects, This 830-square-foot wood cabin, perched atop a cliff that locals refer to as the Matterhorn,  It has one bedroom, living room, small kitchen and a bathroom. Set on six steel piers, it feels almost like a treehouse, and its wooden façade is absorbed effortlessly into the surrounding pine forest.

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“Situated above a steep cliff, called the Matterhorn by locals, and amongst 200-foot-tall Ponderosa pine, the cabin on Flathead Lake was designed to quietly enjoy the panoramic lake views and activity of the osprey.” – Andersson-Wise Architects

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Locals call the granite and shale cliff overlooking Montana’s Flathead Lake “The Matterhorn”. It is a place to observe the natural world: the lake, the surrounding ponderosa pine forest, and especially the eagles and ospreys that nest nearby. Together, the water, cliff, and trees form a classic picture of the expansive American West, and it is clear why Montana is still known as North America’s great destination.

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Within this context, the cabin’s diaphanous volume is set on six steel piers that are delicately anchored to concrete blocks set into the slope. Screened walls enclose a living area, which has an open floor plan and wood slat floors that extend outside.

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Amenities are sparse but not neglected: a small kitchen, bathroom, and shower allow guests an overnight stay. The cabin has no heating or cooling system and running water is pumped from the lake below.

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Project Data:

Project name: Cabin on Flathead Lake
Location: 28224 Rocky Point Rd, Polson, Montana 59860, United States
Coordinates: 47.803416, -114.158948
Type:

  • Type By Characteristic: Cabin / Hut / Cottage, Holiday House
  • Type By Site: Forest House, Hill House, Lake House
  • Type By Size: Small House – (51 sqm – 200 sqm)
  • Type By Materials: Wooden House

Site area: n/a
Project area: approximately 70 sqm
Status: Completed
Completion Year: 2011

Awards:

  • 2011 – The American Institute of Architect (AIA Awards) – AIA Texas Society of Architects Design Awards

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Client / Owner / Developer: Private
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Images: © Andersson-Wise Architects, Art Gray Photography

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