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Bigwood house. Sun Valley, Idaho.
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Bigwood Residence

Sun Valley, Idaho

Bigwood Residence

Sun Valley, Idaho

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

The design of this modern retreat draws inspiration from the surrounding high desert landscape, balancing the prospect of sweeping mountain views with a sense of refuge and intimacy. The 6,500-square-foot home’s two west-facing wings launch out of the landscape towards unobstructed, 270-degree views of Bald Mountain, Griffin Butte, and Adams Gulch. The base of the structure is board-formed concrete, while the cantilevered wings are made of steel and glass.

A 23-foot-wide pivot door on the steel and glass bridge allows the entire south-facing wall to open, transforming a simple connection between the two wings (main house and guest quarters) into functional space. The pivoting glass wall is counterbalanced overhead by a large steel weight that sits five feet above the roof; the hand-wheel’s crank is attached to an eight-foot-long screw. The outdoors is welcomed in at nearly every turn, with expansive windows and wide-swinging doors that celebrate the interior/exterior connection.

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