Tom Kundig’s Delta Shelter



We've been given some new photos of Delta Shelter, a weekend cabin in Washington State, USA, by Tom Kundig of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects.


The 1000-square-foot cabin is made of steel and is raised above a floodplain in a wooded valley.


The 10' by 18' steel shutters can all be opened or closed simultaneously by means of a hand crank, allowing the cabin to be quickly sealed upon departure.


Accommodation is over three floors, with the living room/kitchen at the top.





Posted on Thursday February 1st 2007 at 10:58 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • A

    Beautiful, absolutely love their work.

  • geert kraaijenbrink

    this might also be a solution in countries with risk of flooding, like holland or any riverdelta.

  • heather jamieson

    I love this design! As an artist working in steel and glass, I find this environment warm, organic, peaceful and stimulating. What would a shelter like this cost, minus site cost?

  • Lisa

    Spectacular, love the fact that it covers such a large area and yet looks very contained …

  • petar

    morons, it's nothing new, it's a lake-dwelling, not a new design… exists thousands of years.

  • Ian

    Love the deisgn – very unique!

  • floyd

    would love to have the design of this place – with some solar panels, could be easy to heat/cool….

  • Pete

    Echo question as to cost. Very nice design.

  • An absolutely stunning piece of architecture, within that kind of environment, just complements each other. I could sit in that living room and just look out the window at natures glory, all day and night!


  • Collier Hageman

    I think this is a very practical AND aesthetic little dwelling. I am very interested to know how it is heated/cooled and what the cost of this is. Also, what is the water source, and how is graywater/blackwater disposed of? Is it off/on the electrical grid? Is this a true wilderness dwelling, or a weekend getaway situated near other dwellings? As for petar’s comment, pay it no mind. Calling the design of this multi-story, steel and glass structure thousands of years old proves conclusively his profound lack of knowledge on the subject.

  • Danny

    Very nice. Where in Washington?

  • Melanie

    I want one.

  • ed

    I’m a fan! Very nice.

  • I have just built a new house that is quite unique for its area in urban australia. i love the aesthetics of this house and the connection to nature that it encourages. i also think it is a peacful dwelling.
    very impressive.

  • David

    I like the simplicity and the retractable shutters by crankhandle, very low tech but a real bunker in some senses, quite vandalprooof..Also enjoy the variegated rustedness of the steel panels, wondering about weight thickness and the tracking used for the panels as they move. Robust but very intimate inside.Innovative marriage of steel and glass, a kind of anti-curtainwalling technique..also given the abundance of scrap metal in our culture its a case of have cutting torch and welder, will salvage..Great stuff.

  • Hello, I think the design has significant potential. I believe I can make a reasonable estimate as to cost. I derive my livelihood from Engineering, Capital Management, and Project Management and have a background in residential & commercial construction. The answer has significant variables. The first is; how many do you want to build? The design lends itself to mass manufacturing techniques and simplified site erection. (Advantage for major cost reduction) Second variable which can be scaled by the interest level of the potential market is; Do you want this environmentally friendly economically viable, or chic?

  • Bertrand

    Absolutely stunning!!!
    I love the way that the whole sturcture does achieved this airial feeling even when the panels are closed. Desing in a high level of conciousness, every elements does provides and compliments each others with graces and purity. The tilt roof, and staircase and balcony adds to this feeling of lighlessness, and enhance, which to me speaks volumes, to the beautiful surronding in which the architects decided to gently root this wonderful vision of what can be achieved when architecture in embrasing is primary element. Integration in it’s surroundings.

  • more design like this needs to happen–the mundane architecture that fills the united states is very depressing–change america embrace modernism–what would the cost be–tg

  • Suuzanne

    This looks like something a group of friends could build. And perhaps more practical than the log cabin I had envisioned. No mention is made of waste disposal, etc. Are other interior pictures available?

  • Jaq

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye and Gerrit Rietveld’s SchrÖder House all come to mind when I look at this house, it encapsulates the spirit of modernity and I love it!

  • Marty

    Fantastic house. Something very comforting in the tremendous views but also (oddly enough) in the ability to enclose oneself in a cocoon. I’d love to have one for myself.

  • I want SO MUCH to live here.

  • spieldiggity

    Yes exactly fallingwater- villa sovoy and gerrit reitvelds horrible mess, thats what i think of,,,,,,,,,, not farnsworth or glass house

  • Sarah

    This is my dream home, though I’m not keen on the furniture selection :) I had the pleasure of working with Tom Kundig on a project, and he’s far and away my favorite RA (awesome person, too).

    One of the things he said was that he looks for the “median” color of the tree trunks on a site and uses that as a basis for his palette. It creates what he memorably called “homes in the trees and trees in the homes.”

    I think my goal in life is to be able to afford him to create my home.

  • hater

    all i want to say is that i love the house especially the insparational shuters, but also on a less positive note what a racist bastard mitch haase is.

  • steve

    Would someone please post more information on where I can get these shutters? I have been dreaming every aspect of these shutters since I moved in the Mojave Desert

  • Eric Orton

    Excellent! This changes the paradigm… that those who live in glass houses can throw stones. ;-)