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Miner's Refuge / Johnston Architects

  • 01:00 - 9 January, 2011
Miner's Refuge / Johnston Architects
Miner's Refuge / Johnston Architects, © Will Austin Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Mazama, Washington, United States
  • Architects

    Johnston Architects
  • Partner In Charge

    Ray Johnston
  • Project Team

    Eli Troyke, Christina Haislip, Megan Sheets
  • Structural Engineer

    BTL Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Windy Valley Landscaping
  • Structural Elements/Systems

    Alpine Welding
  • Contractor

    North Cascades Construction, Inc
  • Client

    Gaylord & Worthington
  • Area

    1867.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Miner’s Refuge, intended as a weekend retreat, is carefully sited at the base of the hillside and tucked into the tree line to take advantage of and preserve the surrounding views. Designed by Johnston Architects its mass is dug into the topography, anchoring the structure to the site. The outdoors is pulled in through dramatic open views. The protected patio and expansive vista of meadow and mountain are incorporated as major components of the design.  More photographs and drawings following the break.

© Will Austin Photography
© Will Austin Photography

The Miner’s Refuge has taken up the challenge of drawing upon and adapting those lessons of the industrial, rural vernacular to accommodate the needs of a modern lifestyle. The building massing is mindful and reminiscent of the history of mining in the valley. Its long linear circulation corridor leads from the entry along the entire length of the house giving access to the living and sleeping spaces.

© Will Austin Photography
© Will Austin Photography

Sustainability begins with building restraint. The owners of Miner’s Refuge came to the table with a smart and simple program that could satisfy their living needs in less than 1,900 sqf. The home, shared between two families, incorporates an open kitchen/living/dining area, two modest master suites and a small bunk room accommodating up to four guests. Renewable and environmentally responsible products were used where possible, the orientation and detailing of the building take solar gain into consideration and efficient mechanical systems combine to make Miners Refuge a project respectful of its environment.

© Will Austin Photography
© Will Austin Photography

The visual, physical and conceptual connections to place were the driving force in the design and what makes this project unique. The beautiful landscape and charm of rural eastern Washington is what initially attracted the owners to this area. It is this character that the design for the Minor’s Refuge embraces and aims to protect.

© Will Austin Photography
© Will Austin Photography
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trang tri phong ngu · October 01, 2012

I like the concept but the execution is not the appropriate i think. The atmosphere is so damn cold! Looks almost like a psychiatric clinic.

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We like this Miner’s Refuge by Johnston Architects.

Eric Crabtree · January 14, 2011

I will happily spend my weekends here. Where is it? http://is.gd/GVKLEz @plethoraapp

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Holcim Awards US · January 11, 2011

The hand drawings are fantastic! I also love the simplicity of the design and the juxtaposition of materials. The metal siding beautifully reflects the light.
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