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Caring for the Planet: Tranquil Cabin Retreat in Washington

Finding space on a lush green lot in Puget Sound, Washington that is filled with mature Douglas fir and cedar trees, the Sneeoosh cabin is truly special both in terms of its design and eco-friendly intent. The cabin was crafted by zeroplus to ensure that its structure is as non-invasive as possible and even the existing root system under the house is left undisturbed after construction. ‘Lightness’ was the keyword during both the planning and execution phase as prefab Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) and metallic frame that relied on tension for stability helped pull off a sustainable and mesmerizing retreat.

Sneeoosh Cabin set in a lush green landscape surrounded by fir and cedar trees

The natural green landscape around the house becomes an integral part of the open living area with large glass windows completely opening up the interior visually. Yet, the bedrooms are tucked away neatly to keep out the chill of winter nights and prying eyes. The synergy between nature and man-made structure here is truly captivating as the cabin seems like an extension of the landscape. A small pathway connects the cabin with the parking lot at a distance that sits on an already disturbed site, to minimize environmental further.

Glass, metal frame and prefab SIPs create a eco-conscious cabin in Washington
Platform structure supports the cozy cabin while causing minimal eco-impact
Glass walls, steel structure and wooden walls create a open and cozy retreat

Promoting a sustainable way of life, creating a serene getaway that moves away from big city rush and showcasing responsible architecture at its green best, Sneeoosh is an exceptional hideaway indeed!

Dining area and pavilion style living at Sneeoosh Cabin
View of the open living area from above
Contemporary bathroom at the cabin with wooden ceiling and glass windows

Collaborating with an arborist, we devised a system to allow not only the tree’s large tap roots to remain but also the very small capillary-like roots that trace through the top humus layer continued access to nutrients, water and sun. Another rule was the tight restriction of the area that was allowed to be disturbed during construction which was controlled by a fence that left only a very small working area surrounding the house.

Insulated framed canopy and glass walls create a warm and charming cabin
Douglas fir and cedar trees are left intact on the green lot
Structutal design of the cabin supported by tension beams
Site and floor plan of the Sneeoosh Cabin

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