Hey, That's Not How You Build a Log Cabin

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Your ordinary log cabin is laid out with lengthwise logs stacked to make its outer walls. Piet Hein Eek, charged with building a cozy recording studio for friend and musician Hans Liberg, did not make any ordinary log cabin.

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This log cabin isn't even really that: the log facade just covers a plastic and steel frame. It isn't what you'd expect on the inside, either. Instead of dark, dingy room with a stove in the corner, Hein Eek's cabin conceals a clean, bright, and quiet modern recording studio.

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Passers by might mistake the structure for a pile of logs, but they'll know something's up when Liberg props open all the unique, top-hinged windows on the sides of the pile. If they're still not impressed, they will be when the shack rolls away; it has wheels and can be hitched to an automobile for relocation, if Liberg ever gets tired of the view.

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Check out a huge set of photos at the Thomas Mayer Archive. [Thomas Mayer Archive via Tree Hugger]

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Actually, there is a style of log wall construction that's many hundreds of years old that looks almost exactly like this. I know it as "firewood stack" construction, and it looks much like what you see here. Long logs are used for some walls, and other outer walls are built like a stack of firewood, with daub filling in the gaps. You see a lot of this in logging communities of the great lakes. As I understand it, it was a way to take the shorter and less-straight logs (branch trimmings) and use them for construction. This example looks very tight and far less rustic than the older examples I've seen. Very nice. If they had been REAL firewood stack walls (instead of a veneer), I'd be even more impressed.