Idaho's nickname is "The Gem State" for its abundance of natural resources and scenic areas, from steep canyons and valleys to snow-capped mountains. It's no surprise that the state's architecture draws from this context, especially for remote housing projects. Reinterpreting building methods, materials, and spatial relationships, architects have designed a series of incredible homes across Idaho that are redefining how to live in nature. While Idaho has diverse landscapes, it's also home to extreme environmental conditions. Home to some of the largest unspoiled natural areas in the United States, the state ranges from the windy, high desert to other-worldly areas like the 618 square-mile lava field Craters of the Moon. As a result, residential architecture is grounded in place, homes that are both pragmatic and inspiring by design. Utilizing local materials and drawing from Idaho's history and building traditions, the following projects reimagine remote living across the state.
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