Modernist L-Shaped Charred Cedar Cabin in Alaska

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June 17, 2013
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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.

    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.

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  The charred cedar exterior gently basks in the Alaskan sun.

    The charred cedar exterior gently basks in the Alaskan sun.

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  Martin Buser sharing a quiet moment with his three comrades.

    Martin Buser sharing a quiet moment with his three comrades.

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

     

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

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  The living room features a sofa by Dellarobbia.

    The living room features a sofa by Dellarobbia.

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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.

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  Buser and Chapoton blackened the exterior cladding themselves.

    Buser and Chapoton blackened the exterior cladding themselves.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

    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.

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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.

    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.

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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.

    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.

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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.

    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.

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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.

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

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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.

    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.

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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.

    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.

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