American Cabin Meets European Chalet In McLean Quinlan’s Stone House
British architecture firm McLean Quinlan have used a 19th-century log cabin as the basis for the reconstruction of a stone house. The building sits low to the land, overlooking the vast plains of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Drawing inspiration from Cunningham’s Cabin, a single storey log cabin dating back to 1888, the stone house features exposed beams, slate walls and views of the Teton mountain and the valleys below it. McLean Quinlan call it a perfect mix of European chalet and classic American cabin, noting that “the orientation, design, and natural materials — reclaimed and new — ensure the building links to the land.” Pebbles from the Snake River that the house overlooks were collected for the floors of the mudroom and bathroom of the property. Benches, loungers and the timber door handles were all designed for the property by the clients themselves. Inside minimalism rules, as white walls meet light wood floors and exposed rafters made of local hardwood shape the ceiling space. The house was built after the clients fell in love with the site, and the architects were asked to take this into account; they explain, “As the years pass, the external stonework will cover with lichen, and the sagebrush will gradually creep up to the boundaries of the house as the buildings marries with the landscape.”