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The house sits on a platform to give the impression of floating on its vast, grassy site.

Glass Farmhouse, Eastern Oregon

Glass Farmhouse, Eastern Oregon

  • Glass Farm House

    The sloped roofline of the farmhouse echoes that of the nearby barn.

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    The sloped roofline of the farmhouse echoes that of the nearby barn.

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    The sloped roofline of the farmhouse echoes that of the nearby barn.

  • Glass Farm House

    The house sits on a platform to give the impression of floating on its vast, grassy site.

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    The house sits on a platform to give the impression of floating on its vast, grassy site.

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    The house sits on a platform to give the impression of floating on its vast, grassy site.

  • Glass Farm House

    Glass walls usher in views of the bucolic northeastern Oregon environment. "The scenery is the luxury," explains Jim Olson, FAIA.

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    Glass walls usher in views of the bucolic northeastern Oregon environment. "The scenery is the luxury," explains Jim Olson, FAIA.

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    Glass walls usher in views of the bucolic northeastern Oregon environment. "The scenery is the luxury," explains Jim Olson, FAIA.

  • Glass Farm House

    The farmhouse and accompanying barn, also designed by Olson Kundig, work in tandem as a "Western diptych", as one judge put it.

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    The farmhouse and accompanying barn, also designed by Olson Kundig, work in tandem as a "Western diptych", as one judge put it.

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    Tim Bies

    The farmhouse and accompanying barn, also designed by Olson Kundig, work in tandem as a "Western diptych", as one judge put it.

  • Glass Farm House

    The glass houses central core holds the kitchen, utility room, closets, and bath.

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    The glass houses central core holds the kitchen, utility room, closets, and bath.

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    John Clark

    The glass house’s central core holds the kitchen, utility room, closets, and bath.

  • Glass Farm House

    . A heated concrete slab keeps the interiors toasty all year round, and it works well as thermal mass for passive solar. Cross-ventilation throughout the house allows for natural cooling during the warmer months.

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    . A heated concrete slab keeps the interiors toasty all year round, and it works well as thermal mass for passive solar. Cross-ventilation throughout the house allows for natural cooling during the warmer months.

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    John Clark

    A heated concrete slab keeps the interiors toasty all year round, and it works well as thermal mass for passive solar. Cross-ventilation throughout the house allows for natural cooling during the warmer months.

  • Glass Farm House

    Though the home is modern, Olson designed it using classical proportions. Getting a nice sense of proportion has always been important to me, he says.

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    Though the home is modern, Olson designed it using classical proportions. Getting a nice sense of proportion has always been important to me, he says.

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    Tim Bies

    Though the home is modern, Olson designed it using classical proportions. “Getting a nice sense of proportion has always been important to me,” he says.

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    The 1,450-square-foot homes straightforward floor plan.

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    The 1,450-square-foot homes straightforward floor plan.

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    Olson Kundig Architects

    The 1,450-square-foot home’s straightforward floor plan.

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The judging panel called this Oregon compound “very cool and very different.” As one judge noted, “If the house were by itself, it wouldn’t work. It elevates the barn. That’s a powerful thing for architecture to do.”

Jim Olson, FAIA, envisioned the two structures as objects in the landscape. “The barn roof aims toward the ground and the house roof aims toward the barn,” he says. “They shape a space.” Though the barn traces its roots to the local vernacular and the glass house takes a more modern tack, the buildings share a sense of proportion and scale.


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