Cabin Life magazine’s October 2012 issue has a five page spread featuring work by students from the School of Architecture at the College of Design at NC State University and at the University of Minnesota. Cabin Life’s first ever student design competition tallied over 5,000 votes from readers, newsletter recipients and public voting at CabinLife.com for their favorite designs. Students were tasked to meet with “clients” to come up with a design for an existing property that can be transformed to a cabin oasis . The design process involved creating livable floor plans, sample renderings and models of the completed cabin.
Taking first place is Garian Baker from NC State with 32% of the votes. Baker’s “Bridge Cabin” emphasized using the cabin for hosting a numerous number of guests including extended family and friends with a spacious layout that can connect the residents to nature. According to Cabin Life, a key design highlight is, “the unexpected bridge design which offers a dynamic experience tailored to the site and it’s energy-conscious planning which accounts for southern and northern light and natural ventilation.”
Along with Baker, Suzanne Cash and Sara Marley of NC State University placed third and fourth place respectively. The Editor’s Choice Award went to Jihyeon Jeong of NC State as well for his “Two Butterflies on a Cliff.”
Professors leading the courses in cabin design are Professor of Architecture Georgia Bizios, FAIA of NC State and Professor in Practice Dale Mulfinger, FAIA of the University of Minnesota. To see the extended descriptions, floor plans, renderings and models for all the designs visit: http://www.cabinlife.com/competition