Some of the most impressive and memorable projects are those that manage to find the right balance between natural and artificial, between what’s man-made and what we take for granted from Mother Nature. One such project is the Rimrock residence designed by the architects at Olson Kundig. It’s an amazing house that was built in 2014 on a bluff surrounded by the forest in Spokane, US. The design and the structure of the building respond to the topography of the land. The site is in the close proximity of a river, right in the path followed by the animals when they descent from the mountain towards the river.
The house stays clear of this path and features a T-shaped structure which is partially raised and cantilevered, forming a bridge and offering some amazing views over Riverside State Park, the valley, the mountain, the forest, the river and the city in the distance. These views can best be enjoyed from the ground floor which, unusually, is the transparent one while the upper level is closed and more private. The materials used are chosen with regards to the harsh environmental conditions. The exterior is clad in steel which weather naturally allowing the house to become rooted to the land in a great way.