Country Garden House by Olson Kundig
Olson Kundig is a studio that has been featured quite often on our site, most recently with their City Cabin project in Seattle and their Sawmill Retreat in California.
Their work is once again in our spotlight. This time we’re going to feature the Country Garden House located on a densely forested spot in the woods of Portland, Oregon. This reclaimed barnwood-clad home creates 5,300 square feet of living spaces that all get to enjoy views of the beautiful nature that flanks the building from every side.
Situated in harmony with its lush landscape, this home takes every opportunity to draw in views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills, while also creating a warm space suitable for a multi-generational family. The form of the reclaimed barnwood-clad house is reminiscent of a farm structure or even a greenhouse with its gridded glazing and pitched roof, and high windows at each end of the main volume flood the home with light.
The front door opens to a vista through the living room, and views of the verdant hillside beyond. A long gallery corridor separates the private bedroom spaces from the more “public” living spaces, while gardens are visible from every room. Interior materials incorporate the earthy, textural feeling of the outdoor gardens and exposed timber ceilings in the main room lend a sense of rustic refinement. Easily accessible outdoor living spaces offer plentiful spaces for family gatherings in the lush surroundings.