Glass Farmhouse

Eastern Oregon, OR United States

Olson Kundig Architects


Project Description

2011 RADA

Custom /3,000 Square Feet Or Less/ Merit

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.


Project Details

Glass Farmhouse
Shared by:
Project Team:
    Jim Olson, Design Principal.
  • Project Manager: Ellen Cecil 
  • Architectural Staff: Michael Wright 
  • General Contractor: Louis Perry 
  • Structural Engineer: Monte Clark 
  • Lighting Designer: Brian Hood 
  • Photography: John Clark 

Specified Products

Dishwasher and Kitchen Cabinets: Bulthaup,; Fireplace Design: Tulikivi,; Lighting Fixtures: B-K Lighting,; Lightolier,; Windows: Quantum Windows and Doors,



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