Rolling Huts offers unique accommodation on wheels


October 25, 2012

Nestled in Washington's Methow Valley, Rolling Huts offers guests accommodation in several unique eco-huts on wheels

Nestled in Washington's Methow Valley, Rolling Huts offers guests accommodation in several unique eco-huts on wheels

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Nestled in Washington's Methow Valley, USA, Rolling Huts offers guests accommodation in several unique eco-huts on wheels. Designed by architectural studio Olson Kundig, the huts have been built with nature lovers in mind, and provide a private escape with uninterrupted views of the dramatic mountainous surroundings.

Following the latest trend of glamping sites, the huts offer simple but luxurious accommodation with minimal fuss. Low-tech and low-impact in design, each hut features a wooden structure with a steel frame and a large floor-to-ceiling glass wall that opens out onto a private patio. Furthermore, the angled roof panel appears to rest on top of a rectangular sheet of glass, creating an elevated opening that allows views of the surrounding landscape to enter the hut while maintaining complete privacy.

Each hut is slightly raised off the ground, with a steel structural base not that dissimilar to a wheelbarrow. Four big base wheels allow the hut to be picked up and moved around the site, while the weight and back staircase anchors the hut in place, ensuring that it is stable.

The interior of the huts incorporate an open living space complete with fireplace, minimalist modular furniture, elevated sleeping platform for two, small kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave, and an exterior private adjacent portable toilet. Full bathroom and shower facilities are located just a short stroll away in a centrally located barn.

Rolling Huts guests also have access to a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, dog sledding, golfing, fly fishing, winery visits, and balloon tours. The Methow Valley is also home to one of the world's longest cross-country skiing trails that stretches 120 miles (193 km).

Accommodation prices at Rolling Huts start from US$135 per night for two guests.

Source: Rolling Huts, Olson Kundig Architects via Gallivant

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They remind me of Able-nooks. Love the design. If you look at most of Kundig's work, you'll see their work is a great fusion of industrial design and architecture.


All looks very well. Once you have rolled them to new locations a few times, the structures won't be very rigid, since rolling huts will undergo lots of twisting and bending moments on the way to the next destination. A few short journeys will be all it takes to have cabinets with doors that don't close, walls that creak, leaks all over. Making them rigid enough will just make them much more expensive.

Nantha Nithiahnanthan

If they're heavy enough that a good, strong wind won't get under the roof and flip them, they'll sink as soon as the ground thaws. The wheels don't provide enough surface area to keep them up, nor do they look very practical for relocating them. These look like a classic example of form over function.

Marcus Carr

em... what is eco about these?

Yeah, I see that they are in nature and all, but what is eco? any solar or wind power?

I guess these might be a good intro to the outdoors if you haven't left the city in a while.

Hopefully the next time you would not drive so far to get there, would camp out, and get a little closer to nature in general.

and btw.. that furniture looks really uncomfortable!

Matt Pease

If the concept is called 'glamping', should the users be labelled 'campours'?

Robert Walther
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