This was carried out at a University by students of architecture for the California State Parks system as well as the Sonoma County Parks. In an effort to modernize the experience of staying overnight at California State Parks, the Parks Forward Commission invited architecture students to design new cabins to be placed at campgrounds throughout the state. The commission, sought to address the cultural, financial, and operational challenges facing California State Parks. Designs were aimed at appealing to a wider range of park users, specifically targeting millennials. The project aimed to generate funds to be reinvested in participating parks, and creates more awareness of positive changes taking place in the parks. Students were asked to balance issues of culture, sustainability, mobility, and construction. They answered with structures that could be easily prefabricated and relocated, with simple construction techniques and materials. They are low maintenance, fire resistant, ADA compliant, and able to be customized in terms of geometry/layout/materials. The Wedge Cabin, a slope-roofed wood building, is a modern take on the traditional cabin. It was built on a chassis in a factory in four days and shipped on a truck to multiple locations. The possibility for variations in materials and configurations are endless.Students then worked to adapt the design for site specific considerations at Spring Lake Campground, subsequently including a larger variety of interior layouts. The customization aimed to maximize functionality and aesthetics in the existing campground for 3 sites.
Location: California State Parks (Various)
Size: 156 square feet
Note: Design carried out in conjunction with Cal Poly Pomona Architecture Students