Studhorse

Winthrop, Washington
Location
  • Winthrop, Washington
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2012
  • Square Feet
  • 4078
  • This project page was created by community member Olson Kundig

    Set in the remote Methow Valley, Studhorse responds to the clients’ desire to experience and interact with the surrounding environment throughout all four seasons. Riffing on the tradition of tents around a campfire, the parti of the building is three tents surrounding the central pavilion with family room and kitchen.

    Four small, unattached structures are scattered around a central courtyard and pool. The 20 acre site is nestled in the northern portion of the 60-mile-long glacial valley and the buildings are arranged to frame carefully composed views of the surrounding Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake.

    Studhorse exemplifies the architect’s belief that his job is to create an experience of place. Traditional boundaries between the built structure and its surroundings are purposefully blurred, forcing the clients to experience the site and nature. With the four buildings positioned to spill open to the central courtyard, the design is oriented toward family life and entertaining.

    Public areas, including the family room, kitchen and bar are grouped together in the main ‘A1’ building. Private areas – the master bedroom, kids’ bedroom, and den – are more secluded in the ‘A2’ building. Guest rooms are connected to the buildings but isolated to allow for independent use. The sauna sits removed from the other buildings with a framed view looking out over the valley below.

    Tough building materials, mostly steel and glass, were utilized to stand up to the equally tough environmental conditions – from hot, fire-prone summers to winters with heavy snow pack. The wood siding used throughout the project was salvaged from an old barn in nearby Spokane, WA. The varying tones of the wood reveal its history and use. Over time as the wood and steel weather, the home will become more and more muted in appearance, blending into the landscape.

    Project Team:
    Tom Kundig, FAIA, Design Principal; Mark Olthoff, AIA, LEED AP, Project Manager; Gus Lynch, LEED AP, Project Staff; Debbie Kennedy, LEEP AP ID+C, Interior Design

    Contractor:
    Schuchart/Dow Construction

    Consultants:
    MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineer), Argent Fabrication (architectural steel); Westlake Concrete (concrete); Alpine Welding (structural steel).

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

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    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

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    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig

    Studhorse | Olson Kundig

    Photo Courtesy of Olson Kundig
    Posted By
    Olson Kundig
    @olsonkundig
    Olson Kundig is a full-service design firm whose work includes residences (often for art collectors), museums and exhibition design, hospitality projects, commercial design, academic buildings, interior design, visual identities, and places of worship. The firm is led by five owners—Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Kirsten R. Murray, Alan Maskin, and Kevin Kudo-King—who are supported by eleven principals, twenty-four associates, and a staff of approximately 165 in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood of downtown Seattle. The firm opened a workspace in New York in 2014 to better serve its expanding roster of East Coast and international clients. The in-house interiors studio, founded in 2000, provides a full range of services, including material selection, custom furniture design, and purchasing capabilities. The firm began its creative existence in 1966 with the architect Jim Olson, whose work at that time centered on explorations of the relationship between dwellings and the landscapes in which they inhabit. Olson started the firm based on the essential ideas that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture, histories, and people, and that inspiring surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives. Among the firm’s accolades are the 2009 National AIA Architecture Firm Award (as Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects), national and regional design awards from the American Institute of Architects, Jim Olson’s 2007 Seattle Medal of Honor and Tom Kundig’s National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt and his Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Books on the firm’s work include Tom Kundig: Works (Princeton Architectural Press); Jim Olson: Art and Architecture (August Editions, 2013); Tom Kundig Houses 2 (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011); Jim Olson Houses (The Monacelli Press, 2009); and Tom Kundig: Houses (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006.) www.olsonkundig.com
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