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Rolling Huts

The Rolling Huts, located in Washington’s Methow Valley, are the perfect accommodation. Designed as a modern alternative to camping by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle, the six huts are grouped as a herd, each with views of the mountains.

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Located in the North Cascades, the Methow Valley is a scenic destination with beautiful mountain vistas, forests and wildflowers. With warm, dry summers and snowy winters, the valley offers a variety of outdoor adventures for all ages and skill levels.The charming towns of Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama are also worth exploring for their summer farmers’ markets, shops, bakeries and pubs.

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Each hut comes equipped with a small refrigerator, microwave, fireplace and Wi-Fi. There is a sleeping platform perfect for two, and modular furniture in the living area that can be reconfigured to sleep two more. Each hut has an adjacent portable toilet. Full bathrooms and showers are housed in the centrally located barn a short distance away.

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“The Rolling Huts are perched like overgrown Tonka toys on rusty wheels and make a radically humble statement. Although they can roll, the wheels serve aesthetic more than practical purposes and give the huts a sculptural presence, hovering ever so lightly on the landscape.” – WSJ Magazine

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Olson Kundig Architects:

Responding to the owner’s need for space to house visiting friends and family, the Rolling Huts are several steps above camping, while remaining low-tech and low-impact in their design. The huts sit lightly on the site, a flood plain meadow in an alpine river valley. The owner purchased the site, formerly a RV campground, with the aim of allowing the landscape return to its natural state. The wheels lift the structures above the meadow, providing an unobstructed view into nature and the prospect of the surrounding mountains.

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The construction of each hut is simple. It is, in essence, an offset, steel clad box on a steel and wood platform. Living occurs not only in the 200 sq ft inside the box, but on the 240 sq ft of covered deck space surrounding it. Interior finishes – cork and plywood – are simple, inexpensive, and left as raw as possible. Exteriors are durable, no-maintenance materials – steel, plywood and car-decking. The huts are grouped as a herd: while each is sited towards a view of the mountains (and away from the other structures), their proximity unites them. They evoke Thoreau’s simple cabin in the woods; the structures take second place to nature.

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The huts are grouped as a herd: while each is sited towards a view of the mountains (and away from the other structures), their proximity unites them. They evoke Thoreau’s simple cabin in the woods; the structures take second place to nature. Rental information for the Huts is available at www.rollinghuts.com

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Project Data:

Project name: Rolling Huts
Location: 18381 Washington 20, Winthrop, Washington 98862-9724, United States
Coordinates: 48.549935, -120.338694
Type:

  • Type By Characteristic: Cabin / Hut / Cottage, Prefab House, Holiday House, Resort
  • Type By Site: Countryside / Suburb House
  • Type By Size: Tiny House – (less than 51 sqm)
  • Type By Materials: Steel House

Project Area: 440 sf/per hut (200 sf interior space, 240 sf exterior deck)
Completion Year: 2008

Awards:

  • 2009 – The American Institute of Architect (AIA Awards) – AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Awards – Honor Award
  • 2009 – Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Awards – American Architecture Awards
  • 2009 – Residential Architect Design Awards – Category: Outbuilding – Grand Award
  • 2008 – Architectural Record Awards – Record Houses
  • 2007 – The American Institute of Architect (AIA Awards) – AIA Seattle Awards – Merit Award

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Domenic Alvaro
Architects: Olson Kundig Architects – 159 S Jackson St #600, Seattle, WA 98104, United States
Design Principal: Tom Kundig
Project Manager: Jerry Garcia
Text Description: © Courtesy of Olson Kundig Architects, Rolling Huts
Images: © Chad Kirkpatrick, Tim Bies

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