Gallery: The Pierre: A Breathtaking Hideaway Tucked in a Cluster of Roc...

An old bookcase adds to the home's rustic feel.

Photographs © Benjamin Benschneider/Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects

Since architect Tom Kundig designed the house to be sunken into the site, some of the existing rock had to be cut away. While the excavation process wasn’t an easy one, it came with an extra bonus for the contractors – the chipped away stone could be re-used as aggregate to be mixed into the concrete flooring.

Unlike in most inset structures where walls are put up and the surrounding material is never seen, the natural stone makes appearances throughout the house, adding, not subtracting from its aesthetic appeal. The fireplace hearths were carved from the existing rock and left raw as a striking contrast to the otherwise very polished accouterments.

Many of the other eye-catching features of the home are made of the rock as well. The master bathroom’s sink is composed of water cascading into three pools of the existing stone, and a powder room off of the main space is fully carved out of rock.

+ Olson Kundig Architects

Photographs © Benjamin Benschneider/Courtesy Olson Kundig Architects


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  1. dunk2 October 19, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Simply inspiring!

  2. cynic November 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Can the world only be saved by very rich people’s houses & expensive clothing?

  3. mydesignchic November 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Breathtaking indeed – the view, the interior and the exterior…all spectacular!! Thanks for sharing ~

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