Summit Lake Cabin
Summit Lake is a pristine mountain lake set in a glacial valley just south of Olympia, Washington. An active family from Seattle's Eastside asked us to design a new cabin for weekend and summer getaways on a south-facing site on the lake shore.
The land slopes dramatically from the driveway down to the lake, and our house had only a small allowable footprint in between an existing parking pad and an environmental setback from the waterfront. Our solution was to treat the cabin as a small tower, with entry from the parking pad on the top floor, and living and sleeping spaces descending in an axial path down to the lake.
Formally, the house borrows from the rustic and simple structures of the early Pacific Northwest settlements such as fire lookout towers and mining shacks.
The bridge entrance to the cabin from the driveway above the lake
PAUL MICHAEL ARCHITECTS, PLLC All Rights Reserved 1221 E Pike St #300 Seattle WA 98122 USA (206) 890-9229
Name: Summit Lake Cabin
Location: Olympia, WA USA
Scope: New 2-bedroom house on a forested
Area: 2200 SF
Architect: Paul Michael Davis
Contractor: Scott Macalavey
Structural Mark Leingang
Photography: Dale Lang, PhD