Mr. Kundig first visited Frey House II about 25 years ago. "The design is a bit strange, but it completely resonated with me," he said. "I'm influenced by architecture that toes the line between rugged and beautiful, that demonstrates how they can be the same thing." He notes that Mr. Frey's simple design nodded to the local vernacular of humble miners' shacks. — WSJ.com
Seattle's Olson Kundig Architects has carved a niche for itself designing contemporary cabins that are cozy when occupied and secure when vacant. Here's a collection of their creations, starting with Delta Shelter, built in Mazama, Wash., in 2005. — seattlepi.com
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