Jim Olson has been on our design radar for fairly a while now. Not solely are we drawn to the simplicity of his architectural and landscapes designs, we share in his philosophy that “structure ought to match into its context in a method that makes a greater complete”. Because the founding principal of Seattle-based agency Olson Kundig Architects, Jim’s thought of designs are born via the exploration of interaction of artwork, nature and structure, and the connection between mild and area.
Recipient of many trade awards, over his 50 plus years, his work is awe-inspiring.
Ian is especially keen on Jim’s serene nature impressed creation nestled amidst the towering fir timber of an historic forest. Respectful of the restraint proven all through this challenge, he believes that Jim has proven nice braveness in creating such an understated design that enables the panorama to shine via.
Jim reverence for nature and admiration of the positioning’s magnificence is expressed within the design of this cabin situated in Longbranch, Washington. What started as a 200-square-foot bunkhouse inbuilt 1959 has morphed via subsequent remodels (in 1981, 1997, 2003 and 2014) right into a modest weekend home. Every successive addition and transform has reused and built-in the earlier construction reasonably than erasing it, revealing the historical past of the structure and the method of its evolution.
Within the 1980s, the retreat consisted of three tiny pavilions linked by picket platforms. In 2003, the pavilions have been linked by a unifying roof, making a single kind grounded onto the hillside and projecting out over the panorama. The lounge’s massive wall of glass frames a view of the adjoining grassy discipline and Puget Sound, visually mixing the indoors and outdoor. In 2014, a master suite and two visitor rooms have been added, making a retreat of two,400 sq. toes.
The cabin is deliberately subdued in color and texture, permitting the luxurious pure environment to take priority. Easy, available supplies have been used: wood-framed partitions have been sheathed in plywood or recycled boards, inside and outdoors; doubled pairs of metal columns assist beams that in flip assist uncovered roof constructions. Inside areas seem to circulate seamlessly to the skin as supplies proceed from inside to out via invisible sheets of glass. And our favorite half, three mature fir timber have been accommodated throughout the design and allowed to develop via openings within the deck, one in all them exiting via a gap within the roof.
For sure, this design is really charming and definitely deserving of our consideration.
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