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Houses are more or less beautiful, quaint, or homey, but it’s the indestructible ones that really catch your attention. That’s one of the reasons why the Delta Shelter is so impressive: this 1000 square foot (93 square meter) cabin in Mazama, Washington is clad in steel and stands high on metal stilts. One unique feature are its metal shutters that slide simultaneously over four sides of the house by hand-cranking a wheel, closing off the floor-to-ceiling glass facades to the world. Built by the architecture studio Olson Kundig, Delta Shelter is deadset on withstanding any bad weather that comes its way – this metal fortress is, after all, located in a 100-year old flood plain.

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Photography: Benjamin Benschneider

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