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Weathered Steel And Glass Residence Sits In Lush Forest In Washington State

Rimrock Residence, Spokane, Washington, Olson Kundig Architects, Weathered Steel Facade, Photography Benjamin Benschneider
Photograph ©Benjamin Benschneider

Architects take different approaches to building within naturally lush landscapes. Their designs can blend into a verdant environment or take a more distinct and modern approach. In order to adapt within any natural landscape architects usually choose a building palette that complements its surroundings. For the Rimrock residence in Spokane, Washington, the T-shaped home is covered in untreated steel and glass.

The Pacific Northwest is arguably the most beautiful part of the United States and building within it takes an expertise in terms of the topography and ecological integrity. The cantilevered form of the residence overlooks a wildlife trail and its floor-to-ceiling glass windows enabled completely unobstructed views outside. The 5,200 square-foot home is located within a Washington forest just above the Spokane River.

Rimrock Residence, Spokane, Washington, Olson Kundig Architects, Weathered Steel Facade, Photography Benjamin Benschneider
Photograph ©Benjamin Benschneider

The private residence was designed by Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig Architects with principal, Tom Kundig, leading the team. The project, which sits directly upon a cliff some 300 feet above the Spokane River, takes full advantage of every aspect of the terrain.

Rimrock Residence, Spokane, Washington, Olson Kundig Architects, Weathered Steel Facade, Photography Benjamin Benschneider
Photograph ©Benjamin Benschneider

In an article by Yatzer magazine they describe, “…the T-shaped domicile is not an intrusion upon the ponderosa-pine covered land as the eons-old, animal trail over which the house is located was included as a crucial design element.”

Rimrock Residence, Spokane, Washington, Olson Kundig Architects, Weathered Steel Facade, Photography Benjamin Benschneider
Photograph ©Benjamin Benschneider

The durability of the materials utilized throughout the project was essential, as this area is well known for dramatic weathering including heavy rains and drastic snowfall. The common areas are all located on the first floor with the heavy influx of natural light and 180-degree views of the surrounding landscape. The more intimate spaces for the family are reserved for the higher floor where windows are less abundant and the weathered steel protects the exterior from the cold.

Rimrock Residence, Spokane, Washington, Olson Kundig Architects, Weathered Steel Facade, Photography Benjamin Benschneider
Photograph ©Benjamin Benschneider

The modern, harshness of concrete and steel complements the home’s rugged landscape. Its abundant glass façade creates an intimate relationship with the outdoors for the residents. The home serves as a modernistic retreat where the family can experience nature on a daily basis.

Information courtesy of Yatzer
Photography courtesy of © Benjamin Benschneider

DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.

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