Well, what do you know? It looks like it’s that time again — time to feature yet another gorgeous and green home located in my native stomping ground, Washington State. They just keep on a-comin ...
Today, I’m moving away from the Seattle metro area to one of Mother Nature’s finest works, the San Juan Islands, for a look at a luxurious but compact eco-hideaway that truly disappears into its craggy, far-flung surroundings thanks to ingenious design and engineering work on the part of Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects.
Reads the project description on the Olson Kundig website:
To set the house deep into the site, portions of the rock outcropping were excavated using a combination of machine work and handwork. The contractor used large drills to set the outline of the building, then used dynamite, hydraulic chippers, a selection of wire saws and other hand tools, working with finer and finer implements as construction progressed. Excavated rock was re-used as crushed aggregate in the concrete flooring. Excavation marks were left exposed on all the stonework, a reminder of the building process.