Dakota County Whitetail Woods Regional Park and Camper Cabins
Popular outdoor destination lets nature lead the way
This 456-acre, multi-phase public park includes integrated art and sculpture, productive landscapes that enable perennial food cultivation by visitors, and three signature camper cabins nestled into a hillside.
The cabins riff on the idea of a treehouse, here entered from a bridge at the crest of the hill. Built on concrete piers to minimize environmental impact, the 227-SF cabins feature red cedar glulam chassis, cedar and pine framing, and red cedar cladding. Two full-size bunks, dining and sitting areas accommodate four individuals, with a sleeper sofa and folding seating accommodating up to two more. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors frame views of the forest.Portfolio
Dakota County, Minnesota
Cabins, Community Center
Awards & Recognition
- 2016 AIA Housing Award for Architecture
- 2016 ArchDaily Top 100 American Architecture Projects Award
- 2016 The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design Honor Award (national)
- 2016 Woodworks, Wood Design Honor Award
- 2015 The Wood Design & Building Citation Award (national)
- 2015 AIA Minnesota Honor Award
- 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul Home & Design Magazine, RAVE Award for Outstanding Special Project
- 2015 IES/IIDA Section Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting
The project’s design 'touched the forest lightly' and brought a respect to the environment in which the cabins reside. It was also important that this inspirational site be available to the public at a modest fee.