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This Tiny Totem Pole Log Cabin is a Magical Waterside Retreat

Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann

We’re big fans of the tiny house craze, especially tiny log cabins. But this cabin takes things to a spiritual and magical new level. Designed by late architect Henry Yorke Mann, this totem pole log cabin was meant to be a sacred place that pays homage to the spirit of the forest surrounding it. 

The owners of the cabin had the guest home built on their 10-acre property in British Columbia. The 500-square foot cabin even sits on a man-made pond, adding to the mystical feel of the place.

Totem Pole Log Cabin
Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann

The tiny cabin looks like it belongs right among the trees of its Coast Mountains property. It’s inspired by the Haida Native American tribe who live in the area. The Haida tribe often live in plank houses where the roof is supported by wooden beams. You’ll find that element present in this totem pole house as well.

Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann
Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann

The house is dubbed “The Totem,” and it’s easy to see why. Just look at the wooden totem pole-shaped beams both inside and outside.

Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann
Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann

You’ll also notice that Mann incorporated the Haida tribe’s affinity for a symmetrical design and a home with a central fireplace.

Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann
Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann

One of the coolest parts of the house has to be the staircase. Even the stair steps stay true to the theme of the totem cabin!

Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann
Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann

At the top of the steps, the loft holds a cozy spot to snooze. Just imagine sleeping here and being able to stargaze through the skylight windows that run the entire length of the cabin.

Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann
Stuart Bish/Henry Yorke Mann

There’s no denying that this totem pole log cabin is a unique gem!

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This Tiny Totem Pole Log Cabin is a Magical Waterside Retreat