Cool Design: Cabin Cantilevered Over Rocky Ledge in Massachusetts Mountains

Cool Design: Cabin Cantilevered Over Rocky Ledge in Massachusetts Mountains

When nature laid down a boulder of a design challenge in the Massachusetts mountains, an architect’s solution elevated the project to new heights.

Above: A cantilevered cabin designed by R D Gentzler blends into the forest, even as it hovers abovea 20-foot drop-off. Its south face is almost entirely glass, but a roof canopy limits solar gain. “We sit on the deck all afternoon watching the trees, and the time just flies by,” says resident Maricela Salas. Photo by Guillermo Cano

Modern small cantilevered cabin in Massachusetts with double height Marvin Integrity windows

The residents splurged on double-height Marvin Integrity windows. Photo by Guillermo Cano

Modern small cantilevered cabin in Massachusetts with knotted pine plank exterior

Those costs were partially recouped by using knotted pine planks for the exterior. Photo by Guillermo Cano

Modern small cantilevered cabin in Massachusetts with Summit refrigerator, ikea cabinets, and heath ceramics tiles in the kitchen and lofted bedroom

The kitchen and lofted guest bedroom take cues from urban living—including an apartment-size Summit refrigerator. The cabinets are IKEA and the tile is by Heath Ceramics. Photo by Guillermo Cano
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