Title page for ETD etd-05172007-104328

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Szlatenyi, Nicole Anne
URN etd-05172007-104328
Title A Biedermeier Cabin
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Jones, James R. Committee Member
  • folding doors
  • floating
  • Shenandoah River
  • Biedermeier Cabin
Date of Defense 2007-05-03
Availability unrestricted
A Biedermeier Cabin was designed with attention to detail and stylistic simplicity in mind. This cabin, located along the banks of the Shenandoah River, is mainly used during the Summer months. The cabin’s folding doors open up completely for the Summer months to let the breezes flow through. During the Winter months, when the cabin is not in use, all the windows and doors are folded or slid closed to protect the cabin from harsh weather. This seasonal transformation was a main focus in designing the cabin.

The appearance of floating was also incorporated within the design. The intent was for the structure to protrude out of the earth and have a “floating” deck that cantilevers above the treetops overlooking the river.

The roof folds around the structure, providing a feeling of privacy and intimacy. The roof’s slope opens up toward the river, the intended primary vista.

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