Floating Olson Kundig home makes way for Washington wildlife

October 5, 2017 by  
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Seattle-based firm, Olson Kundig Architects  unveiled a brilliant T-shaped home called Rimrock whose elongated design ‘floats’ over a local wildlife trail. Located deep in the forest of Spokane, Washington, the 5,200-square-foot structure is supported by a platform that hovers over the path so local wildlife can easily make their way from the high woodland plateau on one side of the home to the Spokane River below. The home’s elongated form – which is clad in untreated steel – is partially supported by stilts embedded into a platform. This platform spans over a natural  animal trail , allowing for an unobstructed passage from the high forest plateau on the back side of the home to the river some 300 feet below. Entirely clad in floor-to-ceiling glass panels, the first floor living area is perfect for watching the animals make their way to the water. Related: Olson Kundig Architects’ Transforming Micro Cabin Folds Up to Protect Against the Elements Creating a strong connection between the house and its natural surroundings was central to the design. Not only was the layout carefully crafted with the local wildlife in mind, but also the area’s natural landscape. Located cliffside, the structure is only partially embedded into the landscape. Adding more volume to the top level allowed the architects to alleviate some of its ecological footprint . The glass-enclosed lower level, which includes the living room, kitchen, and dining area, lets in optimal natural light and provides 180 degree views of the spectacular surroundings, including the adjacent forest, the valley below, and even the city of Spokane in the distance. Equally as stunning is enjoying the views from the home’s open-air deck with reflecting pool. The bedrooms and personal spaces are found on the second floor, and were intentionally shielded from the outside elements in order to provide the occupants a cozy, interior space to spend time during inclement weather. + Olson Kundig Architects Via Yatzer Photography by Benjamin Benschneider and Kevin Scott

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Giant blue “whale” with skylights makes for a surprising art studio

March 25, 2016 by  
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Can You Believe This Gorgeous Puerto Rican School Building Was Abandoned for More Than 20 Years?

October 19, 2014 by  
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Before Puerto Rican architecture firm  Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos were commissioned to refit this annex building at the Guardería Ecológica La Mina in Corozal, it had been abandoned for more than 20 years and was gradually being reclaimed by vegetation. But with the school’s ecological commitment, it was determined to salvage the building’s structure rather than simply demolish it. The result – a stunning transformation inspired by the surrounding stands of bamboo – is a multipurpose meeting and teacher training facility , with loads of handy storage space and sparkling with multicolored, filtered light. And most incredible of all? The whole project was completed in just six months. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , bamboo , colored glass , Corozal , Díaz Paunetto Arquitectos , Guardería Ecológica La Mina , Inhabitots , Puerto Rican school building abandoned for 20 years , puerto rico , refit , retrofit , school , school building , steel cladding

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