A Unique Design Concept that Forces Outdoor Activity
Nestled around a large rock in Winthrop, Washington, lies a place that’s known as “Studhorse” which is a 4000-square foot residential retreat comprised of four different buildings, inspired by a wagon train. The separate structures require constant movement through the intermediate outdoor space, thereby forcing its inhabitants to interact with the weather and season, which is an intentional design concept by renowned architect Tom Kundig.
The sixty-mile-long glacial Methow Valley, in the northern Cascades of Washington state, is a special landscape, with a climate that ranges from hot, fire-prone summers to winters with heavy snow pack. It’s a true four-season landscape—the landscape I grew up in. Our clients wanted to build a second home here that would be a kind of adventure home for them and their kids. They are great parents and always undertaking adventures as a mindful, deliberate way of developing memories as a family. In this location, a house that’s all about adventure is one that forces you to be outside and engage actively with the seasons. You have to go outside to get inside. So the house has inconveniences, but the clients and I see them as terrific moments, unforgettable moments. The house is composed of four buildings, centered on a central courtyard and pool. The design embraces family life and entertaining. For example one wall with a TV can either face inside or open up to face the courtyard. If there’s a game on, everyone can watch from the pool area.
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