Collection by Zachary Edelson

Modern Mountain Retreat in Washington


Nestled in a subalpine meadow valley in Washington, the Ranchero House is surrounded by a beautiful but demanding landscape. A Seattle family had frequented the area for years, making the three hour drive into the Okanogan National Forest for cross-country skiing and hiking. They asked Tim Hammer of CAST architecture, also based in Seattle, to design a structure that could survive forest fires, five feet of snow pack, house guests (and their ski gear), all while requiring minimum maintenance and energy usage. The result is a hardy weekend retreat that’s fine-tuned to its residents and its surroundings.

The house is divided in two: on the left, the main house consists of an expansive kitchen, living, and dining space,...
Floor-to-ceiling windows enclose the living and dining space, flooding the room with sunlight.
Glossy aluminum composite panels on the ceiling reflect sunlight throughout the interior.
The architects specified fir wood to encase the windows and impart a warm ochre to the house’s otherwise industrial...
The walls and surfaces had to resist damage from ski gear, so the architects used hot-rolled steel and fiber cement...
Adjacent to the main living room are four custom bunk beds and a guest bedroom with a queen bed.
Lastly, a master bedroom opens up to the landscape around it and can sleep an extra two guests on day beds.
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