The Lake Cabin is a winterized rebuild of a 1940s worker’s hut adjacent to a lake in the Squamish-Lillooet district of British Columbia. Built for a large family and their extended network of friends and relatives, the project focuses on minimal site impact and an appropriate design direction indicative of a contemporary rustic cabin experience.
Central to the design is positioning of the cabin, pier and land dock in order to simultaneously facilitate varying views of the neighboring mountains, a strong connectivity with the water and zero tree take. The split-level cabin, which sleeps up to 13 people, maintains the original orientation of the worker’s hut and sits neatly up against and over a berm in the landscape. The pier and land dock act as one continuous axis that guides the occupant through the woodland, around the cabin and into the lake.
To ensure a light footprint, the entire structure sits 2 ft. off the ground plane. In order for four-season usage, off-grid elements including rainwater collection systems, solar panels and composting toilets are to be integrated into the design.
A prefabricated approach that utilizes a small construction team and the sweat equity of the family was employed. This dynamic celebrates a ‘’meeting of the tribes’’, with the intention that this collective action will ensure a minimum build time through strong collaboration.