Wouldn't you love your cabin in the woods to look like this?

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Jim Olson’s reverence for nature and admiration of the site’s beauty is expressed in the design of this project located on Puget Sound and nestled amidst the towering fir trees of an ancient forest. What began as a 14-foot-square bunk house built in 1959 has morphed through subsequent remodels in 1981, 1997, 2003 and 2014 into a modest yet highly livable weekend retreat. Each successive addition and remodel has reused and integrated the previous structure rather than erasing it to reveal the cabin's architectural history.

You would think that a cabin in the woods that has been remodeled four times since its original creation, like the Longbranch Cabin has been, would be structurally unsound. But the bunk house, designed by Jim Olson from Olson Kundig Architects, is holding strong.

The Puget Sound-set cabin sits at just 14-square foot, and it has been expanded numerous times spanning six decades. Originally built in 1959, this bunk house saw remodels in 1981, 1997, 2003, and then again in 2014. Each time, the original structure was used and simply expanded upon, with its owner building around trees instead of chopping those trees down. The result is a series of boxes that are unified under a single roof, yet somehow, it all looks to be in uniform. Throughout the mini house, you’ll find the same plywood sheathing and fir flooring as you would in any of the cabin’s other rooms.

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