A distinguished project, this AIA-Winning home was built between two rocks. The project was carved into a location on one of the San Juan Islands and designed by the Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig Architects.The firm is “responsible for moody minimalist retreats and fabulous rainbow churches” making it no surprise that they would choose such a dramatic spot for the “glassy, modern Pierre” (Curbed). The project was completed in 2010 and recently received an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, recognizing its distinct attributes.
The completed home is a single-story, 2,500 square-foot spread embedded into the rock. Building the home into rock reflects a tradition where homes were situated on the least productive part of the land, so that the remaining areas could be cultivated. Its exterior design includes a grassy roof and bare concrete siding.
The interiors of the home also draw on the characteristics of the build site. Exposed rock is artistically incorporated into the home, and floor-to-ceiling windows connect the inside to the outside. Existing stone was carved into interior and exterior fireplace hearths and left unfinished, incorporated into the design to contribute to the natural quality of the project. A mini waterfall was created from the sink in the master bedroom. Various rooms use stone designs.