Stacked-Wood Walls Tie This Eco-Friendly Camp to the Montana Landscape
Designed by Austin, Texas–based studio Andersson-Wise Architects, the 12,500-square-foot Stone Creek Camp is sited on a sloping hill whose topography guides visitors to discover the grounds slowly: from the gatehouse to the master house, main lodge, and guesthouse. The eco-friendly family retreat features a stacked wood facade that was built from fallen trees found on the site; a sod green roof that provides insulation; and stone, wood, windows, doors, and other construction materials sourced regionally.
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Set on 15 acres of land near Bigfork, Montana’s Flathead Lake, the allows family members and guests to unplug in nature. Besides the master residence, called the Lake House, there is a restored cabin that has existed on the property since the 1940s, a guesthouse, kitchen and laundry facilities, a large dock, and a communal lodge. The latter includes a living and dining room, a storage and craft room, a gym, and a four-car garage or workshop.
"Inhabitants may choose to be outdoors while inside by sliding open walls or moving outside to spaces that are more civilized than the outlying wilderness," says the studio cofounder Arthur Andersson. "Similarly, with each bedroom’s separate screened-in space, it is always possible to sleep in nature and yet still be secure within the building."
Adds cofounder Chris Wise, "The materials and textures of these buildings connect them to the site. The effect is paradoxical: despite their size, the camp’s large structures seem to emerge from the rock, wood, and grasses that surround them. Like the lake, they feel as if they have been—and will be—here forever."