Living in the woods doesn’t mean rundown cabins or quaint Hobbit holes—not if modern architecture can help it. Think of something less “Cabin in the Woods” and more “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” circa 2011. Modernist homes in the middle of Mother Nature’s beauty make for a striking look. They definitely stand out with their clean aesthetic and sleek lines. And as these homes often have floor to ceiling glass windows, you can’t beat nature’s sick views. Whether you’ve always wanted to live in the seclusion and beauty of nature, or you’re a child of the concrete jungle but tempted to dip your toes in a more quiet lifestyle, we can all appreciate a beautiful home like this beauty by Olson Kundig.
Olson Kundig is a Seattle-based design practice with work across the globe. Their projects range from huts to high rises, homes to academic, places of worship, museums, and more. The practice was founded on the idea that buildings can be a bridge between nature, culture, and people. They believe that surroundings can have a positive effect on our lives.
Contemporary design with an emphasis on art and nature
The Stirrup House is one such place. It sits on a quiet cul-de-sac in Ketchum, Idaho between Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. The 6,500-square-foot home was designed to complement the client’s collection of contemporary art alongside the scenic mountain views. Art is a large part of the family’s lifestyle, so the home was designed to work at different scales depending on their rotating collection, according to Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal.
The design is based on a Latin cross plan. The home is clad with steel and wood and consists of two forms. The primary form houses the entry foyer and open plan kitchen, dining, and living areas. There are two bedrooms below and two offices above. Once you enter, you’re greeted with a large art wall in the double-height foyer. Exposed steel, concrete, and wood support the curated art collection. The secondary form completes the “T”-shaped plan with a steel and glass entry vestibule and glass-box master suite. This acts as the yin to the main form’s yang, completing the dualism of the plan. More Here