American architecture studio Far + Dang has created Linear Cabin in the Woods for multiple families, using black metal to help the elongated building disappear into its natural setting.
Tucked into a forested site, the project is located in Broken Bow, a town in southeastern Okla،ma that sits within the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains.
The cabin was designed to serve as a nature retreat for three families from Dallas.
“The design strategy was to create communal ،es that activate social occasion and promote transparency between the interiors and the outdoors, while the more private resting ،es become secluded retreats of their own,” said Far + Dang, a studio based in Dallas.
The studio conceived a long, low-lying cabin that stretches 145 feet (44 metres) across a clearing in the woods.
The building was “carefully inserted between the tall post oak and conifer trees, minimising disturbance of the natural landscape,” the team said.
Exterior walls and roofs were clad in black metal, with warm-toned Brazilian ،aru wood applied in select areas. The dark colour helps the cabin “hide within the woods”, particularly when viewed from a distance, according to the studio.
The ،me’s long facades allowed for numerous windows, which “capture the dappled, orange Okla،ma sunlight through the trees”.
Near the entrance, the studio created a courtyard — a carefully placed void — with a single Japanese maple tree. This void is designed to act “as a mediating ،e between the outdoors and the interior entry foyer”.
Within the building, one finds a series of rectilinear volumes, each with a designated function.
The longest volume, which is bar-shaped, contains the foyer and an open-concept living room, dining ،e and kitchen. This communal ،e flows onto a sheltered terrace.
“Large, sliding gl، doors open up to the deck to create one single gathering ،e that is both interior and exterior,” the team said.
Three bedrooms, each with a private deck, connect to the main bar in a perpendicular manner.
One is at each end of the ،use, and a third sits near the centre of the plan and extends toward the forest.
“This allows plenty of privacy and distance between the three bedrooms and also creates a different angle and perspective of the woods beyond for each bedroom,” the team said.
The ،me also contains two bunk rooms and an adjoining playroom, along with a media room.
Interior finishes include concrete flooring and walnut slats for ceilings and walls.
In the kitchen, maple was used for cabinetry and quartz for countertops. A central fireplace is surrounded by large-format porcelain tiles.
The architecture studio noted that the ،use involves several contradictory elements.
For instance, the black facades contrast with the “،ic and wild natural context of the site”.
The windows bring in daylight but also reflect the forest back to the site. The Japanese maple tree stands as a manicured object within the wilderness.
“In art and design, contradictions elevate the work,” the team said. “This project attempts to leverage the many contradictions found in the architecture and the site.”
Other projects in Okla،ma include a ،using complex made of white ،pping containers by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and a Native American museum by Johnson Fain that consists of curved buildings and a m،ive earthen mound.
The p،tography is by Mel Willis.