Constructed mostly of steel and glass, “Studhorse," designed by Olson Kundig, is a retreat comprised of five buildings, a swimming pool, hot tub, and an exterior concrete courtyard. Located in Winthrop, Washington, where winter temperatures can hit single digits and summers reach the high 90s with mosquitoes and bees, our construction crew endured extreme conditions to bring this home to life within the original thirteen-month timeframe, using 90% local subcontractors.
The amenities in Studhorse are endless. A geothermal mechanical system has radiant floor heat at the main building and guest building suite, with forced air (and AC) in the family bedroom and media room building. The heating system can heat or cool the slabs depending on weather and clients' desires. The heating, air conditioning, and pool and spa can be adjusted remotely. Several gizmos were engineered, including motorized steel privacy panels on the outside of the building, a motorized cabana wet bar wall designed to tilt open, and a manually operated 14-foot wide wall that pivots open for outdoor movies on a flat screen television. Carpenters used reclaimed wood siding from a barn in Spokane and the rust process was initiated on the steel facade for a richer look. The result is a beautiful, secluded retreat that shows the best in teamwork, expertise, and perseverance.
This scheme is all about embracing the outdoors, this big landscape.
- Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig
The use of modest materials—concrete floor, concrete fireplace, OSB on the ceiling—is admirable. The complex relationship between the three parts is exciting, but the courtyard locks it into place.
- Juror, AIA Awards