Bigwood House

Extending out from the Idaho mountains, the Bigwood House brings an industrial aesthetic to its desert landscape. The east end of the house is anchored into the hillside by a stone and concrete foundation, allowing the steel and glass volumes to project out and focus on the rugged scenery. Covered patios sit below the cantilever wings for a shaded place to relax during the warmer months, while also creating separation between the structure and the winter elements. A glazed bridge housing a sitting area connects the two forms. Operated by a hand-wheel crank, its twenty-five-foot-long wall pivots open to Bald Mountain, Griffin Butte, and Adams Gulch.

Photos: Benjamin Benschneider / Olson Kundig

  • Obereggen Mountain Hut

    Set next to the Oberholz cable station, the Obereggen Mountain Hut is a modern take on the classic Stube. It's home to a restaurant, and is split into three main sections, each laid out so that the glazing on the end faces a nearby mountain. The hut is also constructed entirely from wood, with spruce used for the structure and interior, larch for the facade, and oak for the furniture. A sunken design ensures that the views aren't spoiled on arrival or as you enjoy your meal.

    Photos: Oskar Dariz & Jens Rüssmann / Peter Pichler Architecture

  • VDB House

    Built along the banks of the Leie river just downstream from the Belgium city of Ghent, the VDB House is designed around the needs and wants of its bachelor owner. The main floor is focused on the river, with the kitchen and indoor living spaces encased mostly with glass, opening to the pool area and pool house. Upstairs is the master bedroom and bath with private access to the rooftop terrace, as well as two other bed and bath rooms. Downstairs the vibe goes from airy modern getaway to underground night club, complete with dark woods, a bar with a window into the pool as its backdrop, a DJ booth, dedicated cabinets for wine and cigars, and a display area for the owner's car collection.

    Photos: Tim Van de Velde / Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects

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