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Maintaining Privacy and at the Same Time Being Able to Enjoy Wonderful Views

By • Jun 27, 2018

This imposing and modern construction in the shape of a “T,” that responds to the unique typography of the cliff upon which it is built, is surrounded by a thick pine forest. It is located near the Spokane River, in the city of the same name, in the state of Washington, USA.

Aerial view of the “T” shaped construction
View of the construction surrounded by pine trees

The project was undertaken by architect Tom Kundig, in conjunction with the professionals Steven Rainville and Garin Schenk, of the in 2014, and has an extensive area of 5200 square feet.

Exterior view of construction details

The house, named “Rimrock,” refers to this type of geological occurrence, with a steep rock wall on the upper edge of a plateau or canyon. The sewing under the house is a natural and pre-existing path for the animals, who use it to move between the mountains and the river. Although the house is now here, great care was taken to ensure that they can still move around unimpeded. The sensitive nature of the landscape, as well as its unique climatic, solar and seasonal conditions, require a careful positioning of the home and consideration of the materials.

Side view of the main entrance
Small rectangular-shaped fountain adorns the entrance
View of the exterior from the inside

The resulting design reverses the typical transparency that one would expect in a home with a large amount of glazing. The upper part of the building, which is usually more transparent, is actually more private. The bottom, the more public family and general meeting area, has more transparency.

A feeling of intimacy throughout the home allows the owner to retreat from what is a spectacular environment, but also aggressive due to the powerful storms, weather patterns, and seasons of the region.

Wonderful view of the glass-walled living room
Large and modern kitchen in wood
Open kitchen to the living room-dining room area
Glazed wall on the stairs
View of the mountains from inside the room
Bathroom with internal sliding door
View of the modern lounge at night hours
Views from the pool area
View of the exterior of the house from the pool area
View of the imposing structure from the outside
Night view of the exterior
View towards the mountains from the outside

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