Magazine article Sunset

Idaho Mountain High

Magazine article Sunset

Idaho Mountain High

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HONOR AWARD CHARLES ANDERSON ARCHITECT, SEATTLE

Great architecture is a kind of sorcery that weaves structure, materials, and site into a compelling and seemingly inevitable whole. Here, on a wild and remote ridge overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho, the place-making spell is especially strong.

The south-facing, view-oriented house, which was built as a year-round retreat for a couple with grown children, is laid out beside a small stream along a clearing at the base of a rock outcropping. The house is organized as a series of platforms on different levels under a long, sloping roof. At the rear and on the highest level is the guest wing: two bedrooms flanking a deck that is suspended over a grassy courtyard. In the middle is a big central living space, between the grass court in the back and a walled terrace at the front. Sliding doors open the long sides of this lodgelike room to cooling breezes and the view. …

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