Surrounded by over 10 acres of forest in the Hudson Valley, the Tinkerbox House uses the owner’s hobbies as the focus of its design. The process began with a spacious garage large enough for storing and tinkering on cars, while also housing a wine cellar and workshop for building furniture. Accessed by a two-story entryway, the open living space above is comprised of a kitchen, living room, and dining area that extends out to a covered terrace with an outdoor fireplace and grill. Externally, the rectangular form contrasts its dense wooded setting with a charred cedar cladding, created using an ancient Japanese technique called Shou sugi ban.

Photos:

Brad Feinknopf / Studio MM Architect

  • Extending out from the Idaho mountains, the Bigwood House brings an industrial aesthetic to its desert landscape. The east end of the house is anchored into the hillside by a stone and concrete foundation, allowing the steel and glass volumes to project out and focus on the rugged scenery. Covered patios sit below the cantilever wings for a shaded place to relax during the warmer months, while also creating separation between the structure and the winter elements. A glazed bridge housing a sitting area connects the two forms. Operated by a hand-wheel crank, its twenty-five-foot-long wall pivots open to Bald Mountain, Griffin Butte, and Adams Gulch.

    Photos:

    Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig



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