Longbranch Interiors

At the age of eighteen, Olson began work on a bunkhouse for his family in Longbranch. Since then, he has continued to expand the small structure into both a private retreat and a touch point for his work worldwide.

The cabin is intentionally subdued in color and texture, allowing the lush natural surroundings to take precedence. Simple, readily available materials are used throughout: wood-framed walls are sheathed in plywood both inside and out; doubled pairs of steel columns support glulam beams that, in turn, support an exposed roof structure; and interior fir flooring becomes outdoor decking with additional spacing.

The rooms themselves are essentially a set of boxes set underneath a unifying roof; together, they create a single form that is grounded onto the hillside and projects out over the landscape. The living room’s large 11’ x 13’ window not only frames the view of the adjoining meadow and Puget Sound but visually blends the indoors and outdoors.

Sea shells, animal skulls and found curiosities transform a spun metal bowl into a tiny museum.

My love of nature and of being outdoors has led me to explore ways to break down the barriers between inside and outside. Here, rocks inside the house visually merge with rocks placed outside to blur the line between inside and outside.

Jim Olson Design Principal

Custom-designed chair by Jim Olson is made of driftwood from the beach.

Information

Team

Design Principal

Jim Olson

Interior Designer

Charlie Hellstern

Publications

2014

Cohen, Edie. “Hall of Fame: High in the sky or deep in the country, what kinds of spaces fo Hall of Fame members live in?” Interior Design, 1 Dec. 2014, 91. Print.

Jodidio, Philip. “Olson Kundig Architects.” Small Architecture Now! Cologne: Taschen, May 2014, 258-261. Book.

2009

“Tiny but Giant Houses.” Casa Living, Sept. 2009, 134. Print.

2008

de Castro, Mario. “A Place in the Woods.” Monocle Vol. 1 No. 10, Feb. 2008, 116-119. Print.

“En Armonia con la Naturaleza.” Arquitectura y diseño No. 90, Summer 2008, 97-106. Print.

2007

Tremblay, Céline. “A Quiet Statement on Puget Sound.” Living With Style/Plaisirs de Vivre, Sept. 2007, 128-141. Print.

Tremblay, Céline. “Un Murmure a Puget Sound.” Living With Style/Plaisirs de Vivre, Sept. 2007. Print.

2004

Hawthorne, Christopher. “Building on memories.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 5 June 2004, D1, D5. Print.

Hawthorne, Christopher. “HOUSE PROUD; Measuring the Season in Generation…” The New York Times, 27 May 2004, D1, D6. Print. Web.

1990

Canty, Don. “Vacation Retreats Exemplify Architecture in Northwest.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 4 June 1990, 1-2. Print.

1988

Flanagan, Barbara. “Bough House: The Home as Hammock.” Metropolitan Home, June 1988, 78-84. Print.

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