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Delta Shelter

Mazama, United States of America
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This 1,000 square-foot (93 square-metre) holiday cabin is designed as a simple steel box on stilts. The design is derived from the environmental conditions of the area. Being situated near a river on a floodplain, the building is therefore designed to be completely shuttered when not in use. While the compact 20' x 20' square footprint rises three stories and is topped by the living room/kitchen. Large steel shutters can be closed simultaneously using a hand crank.

Ultimately the structure is designed to avoid any potential disasters caused by flooding.


The scale of the furnishings is critical in this compact retreat. Furniture is clean and simple; appropriate to the relaxing actions of lounging, dining, and sleeping. Built-in storage bins for firewood and boots help keep spaces tidy. The neutral palette complements raw materials like steel and plywood, visually retreating so that the eye is drawn to the surrounding landscape.

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mariathuroczy, January 20th, 2015
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