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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
Project name: Cabin on Flathead Lake
Location: 28224 Rocky Point Rd, Polson, Montana 59860, United States
Coordinates: 47.803416, -114.158948
- 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
Completion Year: 2011
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
- Andersson-Wise Architects – 807 Brazos St #800, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Text Description: © Courtesy of Andersson-Wise Architects
Images: © Andersson-Wise Architects, Art Gray Photography