When explaining some of the features of their Week’nder building, located in Ashland County, Wisconsin, design firm Lazor Office states that the structure opens and closes, as the façades transition from transparent and bright to dark and opaque as you transverse around the exterior or the interior. The wood (plywood and pine) and steel (corrugated and smooth) supported building’s design and construction is based on two prefabricated modules delivered by truck and ferries, minimal concrete for foundation and bottle jacks instead of a crane. The combined parallel modules contained the three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and additional infrastructure, and were joined together with a shared gable roof that itself created an shared and tent-like “dry-space”. The aforementioned design and structural materials give the weekend getaway cabin a rustic feel, as well as a additionally balanced coordination of various colors and textures.
The Weedn’der’s (that’s another strange way to abbreviate that title) has an open interior plan that connects the varied surface qualities of the home, including the module walls, cathedral-like ceiling and the clerestory windows — thanks to that shared gable roof — that provide the natural light. The fireplace and the kitchen counter appear to rise from the wooden floor itself, and plywood modules were carved to create the sleeping bunks and the kitchen. Speaking of the sleeping bunks (in terms of the room they are placed in), white metal windows fins protrude from the thick bedroom walls to fill the bedrooms with natural light. Along the exterior is a screen porch that extends outward from one of the modules that provides great views of the nearby wooded area. The front entry area features a series of thin wooden posts and the large floor-to-ceiling windows open the main living room to either side of the cabin’s surroundings.