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Flathead Lake Cabin

A wilderness retreat overlooking one of the largest lakes in the country

The Flathead Lake Cabin by Andersson Wise Architects     Photo: Courtesy of Art Gray

On a perch overlooking Flathead Lake—one of the largest freshwater lakes in the U.S.—there’s a stunning cabin masquerading as a tree house.

The getaway, hidden in a pine forest, sits atop steel posts encased within concrete piers. An equally discrete gravel path leads to the front door, where the sloping butterfly roof covers the entrance bridge.  

Cross-laminated timber and traditional lumber frame the retreat’s exterior. Inside, the unpolished floor and walls are made of wood slats that fit together almost seamlessly. But it’s the living room and bedroom that really make you feel like you’re camping. Here, nothing but screens separate you from the woods outside. At dusk, the screens' geometry and translucence mimics shoji—the traditional room dividers of Japan.

Of course, there’s a tiny central kitchen adjacent to a storage closet. A bathroom with sink, toilet, and outdoor shower (made from galvanized metal) are also included. There’s no central heating or air conditioning, so you’ll have to find other ways to stay warm in the winter and rely on lake breezes during the summer. Water is pumped up from the lake below. Can you say glamping? 

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