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Photos of Modern Architectural Home Built Into Rocks

A Stark, Modern Island Getaway Inspired by Stones

I love architecture that takes inspiration from its surroundings. When a home actually blends seamlessly into the landscape, it sometimes takes my breath away. Built in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington, the Pierre, (French for stone), was inspired by the owner's affection for a stony section of her property. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, parts of the rock upon which the house was built were removed through hand and machine work, dynamite, chippers, saws, and hand tools. The excavated rock was then used as crushed aggregate within the concrete flooring. Take a peek at the interiors, which were designed by the architect. While the interiors are a bit too Brutalist-Gothic for my taste, I can appreciate the execution of the architect and owner's vision. Custom-made lighting, original artwork, and rich textures and materials, both custom-made by the architect's firm as well as antiques, work together to create the unique feel of the space. Unusual features include wooden bookcases that open to reveal laundry and kitchen storage, hidden from site when the cases are shut, as well as a storage box that transitions the indoor-outdoor space made of reclaimed materials.

The rock upon which the home is situated actually extends into the living space, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces are carved out of the stone as well. Additionally, the master bathroom sink features water that winds its way through polished pools made from the stone, and an additional bathroom is actually carved from the stone as well. Check out more photos of this extraordinary home below.


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Photos by Benjamin Benschneider

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