olson kundig architects

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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