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The Pierre / Olson Kundig

  • 01:00 - 19 July, 2012
The Pierre / Olson Kundig
The Pierre / Olson Kundig, © Dwight Eschliman / Olson Kundig
© Dwight Eschliman / Olson Kundig

© Dwight Eschliman / Olson Kundig © Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig © Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig © Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig +24

  • Interiors Staff

    Cristina Acevedo and Christine Burkland
  • Contractor

    Schuchart/Dow Construction
  • Consultants

    MCE Structural Consultants (structural engineering); CPL (civil engineering); Associated Earth Sciences (geotechnical engineering)
  • Craftspeople

    McCallum Rock Drilling (rock drilling and blasting); Westlake Concrete (architectural concrete walls and floors); Modrock Concrete Design (concrete floor finishing, kitchen countertops); Turner Exhibits (large pivoting steel door fabrication); Terry Wean (masonry and stone finishing); Rob Capelle (custom stain for cabinetry); Decorative metal Arts (custom master bedroom screen door and drain at master bath sink); Argent Fabrication (steel entry door); 12th Avenue Iron (custom powder room sink and master bath screen partitions); Schuchart/Dow Construction (kitchen and bedroom cabinetry); Kelly Worrell (fabrication of custom light fixtures based on original designs by Irene McGowan); Village Interiors (custom upholstery); Twisted Metal (metal cladding and miscellaneous metal trim); JD Equipment (rock removal and site excavation); Nutech Stone Cutting (fireplace hearth); Tydi Cut (stone cutting and powder room tube); Site Welding Services (structural steel);Optimum Windows (steel window frames); Olympic Glass and Door (window and door glazing); HI-Tek Lightworks (A/V and security); Rude Electric (line voltage work); Prokash (plumbing)
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© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig

From the architect. Conceived as a secure and unexpected retreat nestled into a rock, the Pierre (the French for stone) celebrates the materiality of this site. From certain angles, the house – with its rough materials, encompassing stone, green roof and surrounding foliage – almost disappears into nature.

Section. © Olson Kundig
Section. © Olson Kundig
Floor Plan. © Olson Kundig
Floor Plan. © Olson Kundig

With the exception of a guest suite, the Pierre functions on one main level, with an open plan kitchen, dining and living space. A large pivoting steel and glass door opens for access to an outdoor terrace.

© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig

To set the house deep into the site, portions of the rock outcropping were excavated through machine work and handwork. The contractor used large drills to set the outline of the building, then used dynamite, hydraulic chippers, a selection of wire saws and other hand tools, working with finer and finer implements as construction progressed. Excavated rock was re-used as crushed aggregate in the concrete flooring. Excavation marks were left exposed on all the stonework, a reminder of the building process.

© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig
© Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig

Throughout the house, the rock extrudes into the space, contrasting with the luxurious textures of the furnishings. Interior and exterior fireplace hearths are carved out of existing stone; leveled on top, they are otherwise left raw. The master bathroom’s sink is composed of water cascading through three polished pools in the existing stone. Both the entry sequence and a powder room are fully carved out of the rock.

© Dwight Eschliman / Olson Kundig
© Dwight Eschliman / Olson Kundig
© Dwight Eschliman / Olson Kundig
© Dwight Eschliman / Olson Kundig

Cite: "The Pierre / Olson Kundig" 19 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/255187/the-pierre-olson-kundig-architects-2/>
© Dwight Eschliman / Olson Kundig

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