Saturday, June 4, 2011

Earth House

Located in Longbranch, Washington, this beautiful piece of architecture by Oska Architects was designed in 1968 for the former Ambassador to Iceland. I love this house with its clean geometric lines and the way it’s connecting man and nature while blurring the boundaries between inside and outside living.
The owner asked for a home resembling the traditional sod-roof structures around Reykjavik. In Scandinavia, people used to insulate their homes and cover their roofs with sod creating old-fashioned green roofs, if you will.

The structure is cut into the hillside so that its living roof seamlessly connects the building to the surrounding landscape, while the pool and house are on axis with Mount Rainier, paying homage to a treasured natural monument.



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