Rimrock is the name of the 5,200-square-foot private residence in Spokane, Washington – its design was led by architect, Tom 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.
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.
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.
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.
“It was an honor to visit the house with Harold and see him so pleased with the outcome,” Kundig said.
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.