This amazing modern house designed by renowned American architect Olson Kundig the top of a wooded hill with panoramic views of the valley below and the mountains in the distance.
Two parts made in different style, form General architectural composition in the form of the letter “T”. Most of the bridge is above the existing expensive for animals that use it to move between the mountains and the river. Though home is here now, they can still move freely. The sensitive nature of the landscape and unique climatic, solar and seasonal conditions demanded a careful positioning of the house and consideration of materials. Knowing that changing wind patterns in winter can create massive snow drifts, hovering above the ground the house allows you to use Windows with full height to maximize 180 degree views of riverside State Park and the North valley of Spokane, mountains, forest, river, without piles of snow accumulated directly against them. The interior remains open, but protected.
The resulting design changes typical transparency that would be expected in a house with lots of glazing. The top of the building, which is usually the most transparent, in this project, however, more closed. The lower part, where the common area is located, has greater transparency. This transparent main level consisting of kitchen, dining and living room, provides a connection between the prospect and the refuge on the cliff edge. The upper part of the house is private and less transparent than the lower level, with a view to a more narrow perspective. The sense of intimacy throughout the house allows the owner to retreat from the impressive, but also an aggressive environment due to severe storms in the region, weather conditions and seasons. Strong, durable building materials, mainly mild steel and glass, were used to withstand the harsh conditions of the environment and look natural. Steel panels and concrete make up 90-95% of the total material purchased by the owner. All Windows are fitted with automatic seasonal adjustments of external shades, which greatly reduces the energy used for cooling. Erosion at the site is prevented by collecting all runoff rainwater from the roof of one dry hole, which is slowly prosocial water back into the ground water system.
Name: Residence Rimrock (Rimrock)
Location: Spokane, United States
Architecture: Olson Kundig
Total area: 483 m2
Photo: Benjamin Benschneider, Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig