olson kundig architects: idaho residence
olson kundig architects: idaho residence
apr 05, 2010

olson kundig architects: idaho residence

image: tim bies/olson kundig architects

jan mcfarland cox commissioned architect tom kundig of olson kundig architects to design her new home in bellevue, idaho. while the home took a long time to finish, the owner and architects are pleased with the completed results. the home is centred around a main living space. above, the bedroom is accessed by a narrow staircase. the outside of the building showcases a simple form made from concrete blocks and large glass windows. these windows bring light inside and link the home to the wide dessert views outside. there is a walled garden outside, but the home’s tiny footprint is dwarfed by the region’s expansive landscape.


olson kundig architects: idaho residenceimage: jan cox

olson kundig architects: idaho residence image: tim bies/olson kundig architects

olson kundig architects: idaho residence image: tim bies/olson kundig architects

olson kundig architects: idaho residence image: tim bies/olson kundig architects

olson kundig architects: idaho residence image: tim bies/olson kundig architects

olson kundig architects: idaho residence image: tim bies/olson kundig architects

  • i wish, i could live there…….

    morsalin says:
  • very nice
    but this cross-like windows???

    escargo says:
  • Surprisingly cozy. Intriguing mix of openness to the desert and distant mountains and fortress-like protection from all that emptiness, especially in the long high-walled garden — like what desert people do to keep out sand, human invaders, and the void. Another Olson gem.

    Tom P says:
  • i wanted to see the space circumscribed by those walls

    daich says:
  • I agree with escargo; the symmetricality of the door/window composition is a little strange, considering the extreme assymmetrical balance of the overall building/site. Looks like there is a programmatic reason for the placement, however. Otherwise, it is a really lovely structure, and very liveable looking as well! Another job well done, OK!

    shannon david french says:
  • AAAA

    aaa1139 says:
  • uh, how about kitchen and living spaces?

    Kuya says:
  • Kitchen and living spaces are there if you look hard.

    I’ve always liked the hard on the outside cosy on the inside concept. Love the zen garden too.

    dxyn.net says:
  • Very nice.

    Now, what else is in Idaho aside from potatoes and this house?

    Mushi says:
  • kinda using tadao ando idea
    where he cut a hole through the wall to create a cross shape for the church.. but this is great designed house though.. love it

    Changz1 says:
  • i wish owner would replace the dining room chairs!!! it doesn’t work in this house.

    Tam says:
  • Love overall design of house……Crucifix shape of windows at entrance is my favorite part…..but have to agree with Tam on those chairs (ugh!)…I think they need some tall ladder-back Charles R Macintosh chairs to emphasize the height of the space and to echo the beautiful ceilings.

    Avedon says:

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