Photo by Benjamin Benschneider/Article by Ana Lisa Alperovich
A little pre-fab at Sol-Duc Hot Springs on the Olympic Peninsula by Olson-Kundig Architects posted today by a favorite blog of mine, Inhabitat: Design Will Save the World. Their name pretty much says it all. Built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) to enable it to be prefabricated off-site.A good thing, because this reduces waste while maximizing respect for the area, in the words of writer Ana LIsa Alperovich. Four steel columns raise the shelter above ground for minimal impact, while protecting the building from the occasional floods of the nearby river. At only 350 square feet the steel-clad interiors are made from wood, contrasting with the rugged patina of the exterior that will continue to blend and evolve with the surroundings as time goes by.