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These Black Modern Cabins from sheet/rockLA Are Redefining the Big Bear


So long carved bears and log cabins: modernity and minimalism arrive at Big Bear Lake, California
via Colorado Lodge.

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 15, 2019 --( Los Angeles-based, design and development firm
sheet/rockLA announces Colorado Lodge in Big Bear, a hospitality venture marrying classic mountain
lifestyle and thoughtful minimalism. The project, a collaboration with Los Angeles landscape architecture
firm Terremoto, is a total transformation of the compound of 1920s-era housekeeping cabins that
highlights the design-centric capabilities of simple materials, the area's natural alpine surroundings, and
embraces ever-changing sensibilities while respecting the past.

The Lodge features five unique, renovated cabins and sits on nearly two acres with a natural creek
traversing the site. Tucked away amid tall pines, and situated between Snow Summit and Big Bear Lake,
the Lodge is a secluded retreat, while within walking distance to the small resort city and lake, a
year-round destination. “We're only a block away from the main boulevard,” says sheet/rockLA Founder
Marcus McInerney. “But because of all the trees, once you're inside the compound you feel like you're
completely in the woods.”

The Modern cabins feature a new minimalistic jet black exterior and stargazing decks, welcoming the
modern Big Bear adventurer. Vintage signage and the cabins' original facades embrace the Lodge's
history; the area's known for its log cabin structures dating from building booms in 1920s and 1960s.
New interiors include full kitchens and bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, and are clean, comfortable, and
simple so as not to detract from the natural surroundings. “Our approach is to have these clean, modern
boxes feel as though they were dropped into the woods. The whole concept is about using natural
materials - like what you see outside your front door here - but in an abstract, modernized way,” explains

Constructed nearly entirely of Baltic Birch Plywood, the interiors take their cues from Scandinavian
design. Interior paneling employs a design technique uncommon to the area, in which no moldings are
used to hide seams and instead panels are aligned directly with one another. “Our contractor thought we
were crazy. It's Baltic Birch butted up against Baltic Birch so it had to be perfect,” notes McInerney.

The remaining interior design elements were informed by the natural surroundings as well. White rolled
linoleum flooring with a speckled black pattern references a fresh blanket of winter snow atop sticks of
mulch. Commercial space-age composite countertops with a rock inlay pay homage to the stones just
beyond the cabin door. Operable casement windows allow for conversation with nature, and between

Outside, additions to the compound are elemental, abstract and functional. “We want to create
non-specific plateaus which allow for interpretation and as ways of simply letting people be outside,
enjoying nature,” notes Terremoto Co-Founder David Godshall. Fractal wood partitions are carefully

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positioned floating between trees, creating additional boundaries between the compound and the rest of
the world. “They interact with the existing trees onsite in interesting ways, like the shadow play from the
dappled light of the trees weaving with our weird forms,” explains Godshall. Ultimately, says McInerney,
“we want guests to have another experience in Big Bear. Not necessarily the traditional rustic thing which
feels like you're in your grandma's house - but to be in a calm clean space you want to spend time in and
read a book.”

Colorado Lodge is taking reservations. Phase II of the project is slated for Spring 2020 with the Lodge's
remaining 4 cabins set for renovation, along with the addition of wrap-around decks, a bridge
transversing the creek, and more.

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Based on the Eastside of Los Angeles, sheet/rockLA develops projects including ground up construction
and design consulting services. Colorado Lodge in Big Bear is sheet/rockLA's third hospitality venture. In
2016, they developed TheKentLA, four charming bungalows in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood.
For their second project, they unveiled @NightMoves_JT, a minimalist desert retreat at the base of
Joshua Tree National Park. sheet/rockLA has also developed various residential projects throughout Los
Angeles. Photo credit: Lauren Moore. Additional information can be found at

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