This Modern 500-Square-Foot Cabin Folds Up When Not in Use

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Washington State's San Juan Islands — three hours north of Seattle — offer lush campgrounds, orca sightings, and lively harbor towns. Basically, it's the perfect place to disconnect. Which is why we're fully envious of the owner of this 500-square-foot cabin, designed by Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig as a private writers retreat.

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In order to build a cabin that could complement the scenic landscape, the team created a glass house with floor-to-ceiling windows. Three exterior wood panels on each side of the home drop down to reveal the windows and can be used as decks. Inside, the cottage features a rotating fireplace and Murphy bed, which make the setup extra-customizable.

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Exterior

"Parts of the cabin are intentionally exposed, and others are protected, enclosed, and intimate," said Tom Kundig, lead designer on the project.

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Exterior

The modest cabin consists of a single room, a bathroom, and a kitchenette.

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Exterior

The midsection of the home features rectangular windows that allow nature on both sides to remain viewable.

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Home Office Area

The furnishings are simple and modern — perfect to decrease distraction on a writers retreat.

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Living Room

In the living room, a vintage Knoll sofa was reupholstered in Glant fabric.

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Living Room

The oak floors feature a black steel inlaid detail that accentuates the structure's linear aesthetic.

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