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The main house includes a public zone with a pitched roof and a porch on either end.

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  • The main house includes a public zone with a pitched roof and a porch on either end.

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    The main house includes a public zone with a pitched roof and a porch on either end.

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    David Lake

    The main house includes a public zone with a pitched roof and a porch on either end.

  • David Lake, FAIA likens the kitchen to a mess hall: "Several people can be in there cooking."

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    David Lake, FAIA likens the kitchen to a mess hall: "Several people can be in there cooking."

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    David Lake, FAIA, likens the kitchen to a mess hall: "Several people can be in there cooking."

  • Like the sleeping wing, a nearby guesthouse/garage (seen to the left of the main house) also burrows into the land.

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    Like the sleeping wing, a nearby guesthouse/garage (seen to the left of the main house) also burrows into the land.

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    David Lake

    Like the sleeping wing, a nearby guesthouse/garage (seen to the left of the main house) also burrows into the land.

  • The temperature of the bedrooms is moderated by the sleeping wing's sod roof.

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    The temperature of the bedrooms is moderated by the sleeping wing's sod roof.

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    The temperature of the bedrooms is moderated by the sleeping wing's sod roof.

  • The floorplan of the main house.

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    The floorplan of the main house.

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    Courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

    The floor plan of the main house.

  • Sliding doors of weathering steel can be closed over the glass walls on cold nights and during inclement weather.

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    Sliding doors of weathering steel can be closed over the glass walls on cold nights and during inclement weather.

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    Sliding doors of weathering steel can be closed over the glass walls on cold nights and during inclement weather.

  • The master bedroom sits as far away from the public areas as possible, ensuring peace and quiet.

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    The master bedroom sits as far away from the public areas as possible, ensuring peace and quiet.

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    The master bedroom sits as far away from the public areas as possible, ensuring peace and quiet.

  • The site plan showing the main house and guesthouse/garage.

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    The site plan showing the main house and guesthouse/garage.

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    Courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

    The site plan showing the main house and guesthouse/garage.

lake|flato architects, san antonio

Lake|Flato Architects kept two regional precedents in mind when designing this Montana getaway. The earth-sheltered sod houses of the Great Plains pioneers intrigued them, as did the classic wooden barn. “We try to take notice of how people lived on the land before,” says David Lake, FAIA.

He and fellow design team members Bill Aylor, AIA, and Trey Rabke opted to stretch the house along its dramatic site, nestling the sleeping quarters into a hillside to protect it from sun and wind. Similarly, a separate guesthouse/garage is carved into the earth. Between these two hunkered-down, sod-roofed elements lies the home’s main public space, a barnlike building with a porch at either end. It holds a kitchen, living room, and dining room, and oversized glass sliding doors let the owners open it up to the site when the weather allows.

“The house fits the landscape extremely well,” said a judge. “I love the way it addressed the climate.”


Project Details
design team: David Lake, FAIA, Bill Aylor, AIA, Trey Rabke, Lake|Flato Architects, www.lakeflato.com
general contractor: Ron Adams, Jared Brown, Yellowstone  Traditions, Bozeman, Mont., www.yellowstonetraditions.com
interior designer: Madeline Stuart, Madeline Stuart & Associates, Los Angeles
project size: 4,055 square feet
site size: Withheld
construction cost: Withheld
photography: David Lake, FAIA, Lake|Flato Architects

Product Details
bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Yellowstone Traditions www.yellowstonetraditions.com; bathroom fittings: Brasstech www.newportbrass.com, Hansgrohe www.hansgrohe-usa.com, Waterworks www.waterworks.com; bathroom fixtures: Julien www.julien.ca, TOTO USA www.totousa.com; dishwasher, oven/range, refrigerator: Viking Range Corp. www.vikingrange.com; doors, windows: Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors www.dynamicwindows.com; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): MS Building Services www.msconcrete.com; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Rocky Mountain Hardware www.rockymountainhardware.com; insulation: Icynene www.icynene.com; kitchen fittings: Blanco www.blancoamerica.com, The Chicago Faucet Co. www.chicagofaucets.com; kitchen fixtures: Elkay USA www.elkay.com, Julien www.julien.calighting fixtures: Alkco Lighting www.alkco.com, BEGA/US www.bega-us.com, Belfer Group www.belfergroup.com, B-K Lighting www.bklighting.com, Circa Lighting www.circalighting.com, Columbia Lighting www.columbialighting.com, Crescent/Stonco www.stoncolighting.com, d'ac Lighting www.daclighting.com, Lighting Services Inc www.lightingservicesinc.com, Lucifer Lighting Co. www.luciferlighting.com, Winona Lighting (Windirect) www.winonalighting.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co. www.benjaminmoore.com; roofing: American Hydrotech www.hydrotechusa.com; washer/dryer: Whirlpool Corp. www.whirlpool.com

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