| SURVEY POINT
Ketchikan, Alaska USA // Balance Architects (2014)
On a remote beachfront site in Southeast Alaska, the Survey Point cabins make up an off-the-grid vacation spot for a local family. As the site is accessed only by way of boat or a hike from town, traditional construction methods would have proven difficult if not impossible.
The simple cabins are clad in durable corrugated metal, offer low slope gable roofs with deep over hangs and large gutters for rainwater catchment, and are able to be 'closed down' by way of large sliding barn doors that cover every glazed opening for security when the cabins are not in use. The interiors of the cabins will be clad primarily in wood: plywood ceilings and walls, and wood plank floors, thus eliminating the need for the cabins to be heated when not in use. Large floor-to-ceiling glazed areas allow the cabin interiors to be flooded with natural light and a series of sliding patio doors lead to expansive wrap around decks with generous covered areas that offer retreat during the rainy season.