Have you ever wondered how houses look like when they are surrounded by trees, high mountains, green valleys and clouds? Looking at this gorgeous example located in Hadden, Oregon, it’s easy to understand why the atmosphere is so welcoming, warm and inviting.
The terrace of the house was designed and built by Olson Kundig. The clients wanted this to be a family retreat where their children could enjoy and share their time together. The architects planned on building a main house with a guest house and a studio apartment. The materials used were primarily cedar, concrete block and pine wood.
The house features large windows that let the outdoors in, replacing the glass doors of the bedrooms. It was difficult to determine what the barriers would be. The answer was a combination between a dummy bench, a elevated planter terrace and uneven blocks of concrete.
The architects used concrete block walls on the front and back facades. They were preferred to expose the concrete and to allow it to recede into the landscape. This way the building and the landscape would each have a strong and durable connection. In addition to this, the concrete blocks have a very solid construction which ensures that each interior space receives plenty of natural light.
The interior design is simple and welcoming, with warm colors and carefully-selected materials and finishes. The outdoor shower emphasizes the serene and fresh atmosphere.