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Maine Island Wilderness Retreat

  • Posted by SHFT on April 7, 2011 in Architecture
  • This 550 square-foot cabin sits on a tiny parcel of land on a remote Maine island. Designed by Alex Scott Porter, the getaway is entirely off-the-grid. In the architect's words:

    This three-season retreat house is situated on the outermost inhabited island in Maine. The island has no roads, stores, electricity, water service, year-round inhabitants or ferry service – no grid. The house can store enough solar energy and rain water to power a refrigerator, lights, kitchen tap, outdoor shower and outlets for music or a laptop for as long as you’d like.

    The sustainable design also features local materials like beach stones and unfinished northeastern woods, as well a composting toilet and a solar refigerator.

    Spotted on Adventure Journal's super great Weekend Cabin column, which chronicles remarkable backwoods getaways. Says AJ:

    Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

    More cabins here.

    (via Cold Splinters)


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