Set in the remote Methow Valley, Studhorse responds to the clients’ desire to experience and engage the surrounding environment throughout all four seasons. Traditional boundaries between the built structure and its surroundings are purposefully blurred, so that the family can experience the site and nature. With the four buildings oriented to 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 common area pavilion.
New and old commingle in this approachable living space. Vintage Danish modern sitting chairs upholstered in antique blankets are complemented by eclectic furnishings, from a mid-1950s teak floor lamp to a blackened steel console table from the Tom Kundig Collection.
The custom-designed steel fireplace poker was fabricated by Maria Cristalli, while the custom-designed rolling fireplace screen was fabricated by Argent Fabrication.
Reclaimed corral boards form the kitchen ceiling while a symphony of rugged materials—plywood cabinets and pre-cast concrete counter tops—lend an approachable aesthetic.
Private areas—the master bedroom, kids’ bedroom, and den—are more secluded in an adjacent building. Guest rooms are part of the master plan composition of buildings but isolated to allow for independent use.
This family retreat is accented by casual furnishings and warm materials. Expansive windows draw nature inside while interior spaces spill out onto covered patios, uniting indoors and outdoors throughout the seasons.
The sauna sits removed from the other buildings with a privately framed view looking out over the valley below.
AIA Housing Awards, AIA Housing Award for Architecture
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