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Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska

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In the shadow of Mount McKinley, amid Alaska’s meadows and icy streams, a former teacher and a four-time Iditarod winner built a modernist cabin as expansive as the Last Frontier.
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  A series of charred modern boxes, the home Petra Sattler-Smith and Klaus Mayer designed for Martin Buser and Kathy Chapoton, is organized around views of the Alaskan landscape.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    A series of charred modern boxes, the home Petra Sattler-Smith and Klaus Mayer designed for Martin Buser and Kathy Chapoton, is organized around views of the Alaskan landscape.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  The charred cedar exterior gently basks in the Alaskan sun.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    The charred cedar exterior gently basks in the Alaskan sun.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Martin Buser sharing a quiet moment with his three comrades.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Martin Buser sharing a quiet moment with his three comrades.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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   Buser made the dining table which is surrounded by Chair 611s by Alvar Aalto for Artek.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

     

    Buser made the dining table which is surrounded by Chair 611s by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  The living room features a sofa by Dellarobbia.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    The living room features a sofa by Dellarobbia.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  The courtyard with its fire pit and infinity pond—extends the living area outdoors. The family has hosted events, weddings, and even a funeral here, and annual solstice parties are always a big hit with the neighbors.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    The courtyard with its fire pit and infinity pond—extends the living area outdoors. The family has hosted events, weddings, and even a funeral here, and annual solstice parties are always a big hit with the neighbors.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret designed the LC4 Villa Church lounge for Cassina.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, and Pierre Jeanneret designed the LC4 Villa Church lounge for Cassina.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Architects Mayer Sattler-Smith designed the bookshelves and Alvar Aalto the 406 lounge chair for Artek.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Architects Mayer Sattler-Smith designed the bookshelves and Alvar Aalto the 406 lounge chair for Artek.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Buser designed and made the headboard in the master bedroom from local aspens.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Buser designed and made the headboard in the master bedroom from local aspens.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Buser and Chapoton blackened the exterior cladding themselves.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Buser and Chapoton blackened the exterior cladding themselves.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Parson Russell terriers Pepper and Trixie get a glimpse of the large courtyard through a glassy expanse by Marvin Windows and Doors.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Parson Russell terriers Pepper and Trixie get a glimpse of the large courtyard through a glassy expanse by Marvin Windows and Doors.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  The sliding doors to a deck are by the Canadian company Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    The sliding doors to a deck are by the Canadian company Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  The sliding doors to the deck are made by Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors and the sofa, on which Chapoton and Buser sit is from Dellarobbia.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    The sliding doors to the deck are made by Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors and the sofa, on which Chapoton and Buser sit is from Dellarobbia.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  The House for a Musher is all about taking advantage of its hilltop site. The courtyard in the front has vast views and the house itself is oriented toward the surrounding landscape.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    The House for a Musher is all about taking advantage of its hilltop site. The courtyard in the front has vast views and the house itself is oriented toward the surrounding landscape.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  One of the most astounding views from the house extends all the way to Mt. McKinley, the highest point in North America at over 20,000 feet.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    One of the most astounding views from the house extends all the way to Mt. McKinley, the highest point in North America at over 20,000 feet.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Perched on top of a hill, the house is accessed by a long staircase that runs up to the exterior courtyard. The dogs, naturally, take their own route.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Perched on top of a hill, the house is accessed by a long staircase that runs up to the exterior courtyard. The dogs, naturally, take their own route.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Dogs about at the house and Buser, a four-time winner of the Iditarod dogsled race, routinely takes 80-mile rides with his hounds.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Dogs about at the house and Buser, a four-time winner of the Iditarod dogsled race, routinely takes 80-mile rides with his hounds.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Buser built the house himself, a feat far more common in Alaska than in the Lower 48. Perhaps because in rural areas building codes don't really exist.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Buser built the house himself, a feat far more common in Alaska than in the Lower 48. Perhaps because in rural areas building codes don't really exist.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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  Inside the house, the dogs are a bit smaller. In this case, a Parson Russell terrier fits easily on the back of the sectional sofa.  Photo by: Kamil Bialous

    Inside the house, the dogs are a bit smaller. In this case, a Parson Russell terrier fits easily on the back of the sectional sofa.

    Photo by: Kamil Bialous

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