Little House | Black Cabin by MW Works

Called Little House this cabin located in Seabeck, Washington, United States was designed by Seattle-based studio MW Works in 2014. Built over an existing foundation the black cabin rises two levels and measures 1 140 ft² (106 m²).

Early design discussions focused on creating a compact, modern structure that was both simple and efficient. Visitors approach the site from the south, a thin canopy marks the entry and frames views of the canal below. The more transparent north and west elevations pull the landscape and distant view into the space. Taut oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels clad the exterior while lightly painted panels and soft pine plywood warm and brighten the interior. On a sunny western corner of the house a large patio reaches out into the landscape and serves as a jumping off point to the trail system wandering down to the water’s edge. The resulting project hopes to capture the essence of the modern cabin – small in size but much larger than its boundaries.

— MW Works



Photographs by Andrew Pogue
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