Studio Bunkhouse

Conceived as a multi-use building, this 80 sq ft studio/bunkhouse was designed to fit carefully into its natural context. As a discrete structure, the studio/bunkhouse also allows the family to experience the climate and place in the to-and-fro from the cabin to the main house, located 30 feet away.

The building was framed by an 11-year-old and her dad out of rough-sawn Douglas Fir from a local sawmill. The interior framing lumber and exterior shiplap sheathing were exposed in order to display the nature of the structure. Rigid insulation was applied to the exterior that was then sided with “shingles” cut from sheets of 22-gauge Corten steel.

Designed to have two folding bunk beds and one folding desk, the building can function as a bunkhouse for the 11-year old, a design studio for her dad, and when the beds and desk are folded up, a poker room for her dad’s friends.

Because of intermittent power outages, four kilowatts of batteries and an
inverter/charger are hidden behind the rolling file cabinets. The family can then use the building during those events. The building is heated by a highly-efficient cast iron woodstove and has a small refrigerator concealed under the stove. Since built, this little studio has become the de facto family/media room for the main residence.

*Awarded AIA Small Projects award for 2018.
Jury comment: “Beautifully designed and detailed. The narrative of constructing the building themselves with limited power tools is compelling”.