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Although constructed out of glass, every effort has been made to fit in with the architectural vernacular local to the Pacific Northwest. A more traditional wood-framed barn sits on the same site, surrounded by wheat fields and mountains.

The home’s south-facing orientation allows the low winter sun to penetrate the interior during winter, maximizing passive solar gain. To avoid a similar effect during the hot and dry summer months, Olson Kundig built in a shelf that blocks the high summer sun. The windows are also operable and made from super efficient glass that reduces the home’s reliance on air-conditioning. It’s small, it’s simple, but it’s stunning!

+ Olson Kundig

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images via Tim Bies, John Clark