Rimrock Private Residence by Olson Kundig Architects

Rimrock is the name of the 5,200-square-foot private residence in Spokane, Washington – its design was led by architectTom Kundig, of the globally celebrated Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig Architects – that sits on the corner of a cliff which makes a regular line with the plateau overlooking it, and ideally represents this very pleasant, habitable work of art.

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Even more, the T-shaped private residence is not an imposition upon the ponderosa-pine covered land as the eons-old, animal trail over which the luxury house is established was added as a central design element. The living area is built over the wash guaranteeing those forest animals – making their way from the high forest plateau to the Spokane River 300 feet below – are not in any way prevented while the residents of the house are provided a one-of-a-kind view of this old, animal-kingdom rite.

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Meanwhile, the home’s modern, essentially steel and glass design is based on its residents’ daily “movement” patterns. The living area – kitchen, living room, dining room – is on the lower level, with 180 degrees views which incorporate the reflecting pool, valley, river, city of Spokane, pine-covered plateau, volcanic basalt rock wall, and any animals that might come visiting.

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The entire area is very sculptural, a feat which is fitting since its owners are big art collectors, particularly of the work of local art legend, Harold Balazs.

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“It was an honor to visit the house with Harold and see him so pleased with the outcome,” Kundig said.

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Fittingly, a work by Balazs is placed at the entry of the house which fits in flawlessly with both the background and the strong materials used in the building of this one-of-a-kind home.

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Photo by Benjamin Benschneider.
Source: Yatzer

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