Into the Woods: A Cabin on Flathead Lake by

Issue 87 · Wild at Heart · August 28, 2013

Into the Woods: A Cabin on Flathead Lake

Issue 87 · Wild at Heart · August 28, 2013

In western Montana, on the southern shore of the biggest freshwater water lake west of the Mississippi River are 200-foot-tall Ponderosa pine trees, osprey nests, and a cabin sitting atop a sheer granite cliff that locals call "the Matterhorn." Can you imagine the views?

The Flathead Lake cabin by Texas-based architects Andersson-Wise is built on top of six steel piers anchored in concrete blocks on the cliff is the definition of a rustic retreat: no heat, no air conditioning, and water is pumped in from the lake.

Photographs via Andersson-Wise.

Cabin on Flathead Lake, Montana by Andersson-Wise via Gardenista

Above: Grasses, Ponderosa pine, and a crushed stone driveway help the cabin blend seamlessly into a quintessential American West landscape.

Cabin on Flathead Lake in Montana, Andersson-Wise  l Gardenista

Above: Sited to take advantage of the lake views, the 600-square-foot cabin sits atop six steel piers.

Deck and view from cain on Flathead Lake in Montana by Andersson-Wise via Gardenista

Above: The wood slat floor on the deck (R) are an extension of the interior wood floors. 

Room with a view at cabin on Flathead Lake in Montana by Andersson-Wise via Gardenista

Above: The living room has screened walls and a view of Flathead Lake. The cabin "is a protected porch, made like a piece of furniture," says architect Arthur Andersson.

Cain on Flathead Lake wood siding by Andersson-Wise via Gardenista

Above: Rough wood beams and paneling bring the outdoors in.

Facade of cabin on Flathead Lake by Andersson-Wise via Gardenista

Above: The cabin has a small kitchen, a bathroom, and a shower.

Twilight at cabin on Flatbead Lake by Andersson-Wise via Gardenista

Above: Osprey and eagles nest in the area.

For more of the architects' work, see Architect's Visit: Andersson-Wise Architects in Texas.

 



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