The T-shaped form of Rimrock responds to the unique typography of the bluff upon which it is situated. Sited at the edge of a cliff, the house straddles two sides of wash atop a stable outcropping of tough, slow-cooled volcanic basalt.
Benjamin Benschneider, architectural and nature photography in Seattle, Washington, the Pacific Northwest and around the World.
Set in the Coast Mountains of western Canada, Whistler Ski Retreat is a family retreat built to withstand the harsh mountain environment. Elevated ten feet above grade, the main level provides a sense of occupying the tree canopy while also floating above snowdrifts and flood prone lake shore.
Jim Olson’s reverence for nature and admiration of the site’s beauty is expressed in the design of this project located on Puget Sound and nestled amidst the towering fir trees of an ancient forest.
The main level of the Berkshire Retreat was raised about ten feet above the ground, partly to maximize the views, but also to get up above the humidity and insects in the summertime, and the snow in the winter.
A unique project nearly four years in the making, the Manson Barn Retreat is one part working barn for a commercial fruit orchard, one part hospitality venue for weddings and events (complete with custom brick pizza oven) and one part luxury residence on the top floor.
Designed for an artist and an engineer, the Artist house is located mid-block in a downtown neighborhood surrounded by common Seattle cottages and bungalows. The owners have listed several additional criteria for their new home: a contemporary style, but not out of place with the rest of the Capitol Hill neighborhood