Project: Cliff House
Architects: Giulietti Schouten Architects
Location: White Salmon, Washington, USA
Area: 4,960 sf
Photographs by: David Papazian
Cliff House by Giulietti Schouten Architects
The Cliff House is a wonderful modern family home by Giulietti Schouten Architects. It is perched on a lot above the Columbia River in the city of White Salmon in Washington, USA. It’s remote location enables the inhabitants of this residence to enjoy spectacular views of the gorgeous natural environment that surrounds it.
Perched high above the Columbia River on a rocky bluff, Cliff House is a modern family retreat within minutes of the clients’ favorite playgrounds for windsurfing, skiing, or mountain biking.
A narrow, forested road ends at the wooded site where a steel bridge spans between tall firs and rock outcroppings to the main entry which provides a glimpse of Mt. Hood and the Gorge. Inside the two-level home, expansive views of the mountain and gorge fill the upper level through 14-foot tall south-facing windows.
A staggered open plan creates individual corner views of the Gorge at each of the living and bedroom spaces. Large roof overhangs and lower canopies at the entry and outdoor living areas were designed to provide shelter from the wet and windy Pacific Northwest climate.
An open stair leads to a quiet lower level office with direct access to a private terrace, and two guest bedrooms and a media room round out the rest of level. A dark exterior palette of stained cedar, traditional stucco, and dark bronze windows were chosen to blend in with the forested site. Walnut wood was chosen for the casework to add warmth and contrast to the predominately white interior.
-Project description and images provided by Giulietti Schouten Architects