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Shelter House

Mercer Island, Washington

Shelter House

Mercer Island, Washington

  • Design Principal

    Jim Olson

Literally encased in landscape, this project establishes a merger between a strong, primitive and monolithic architecture and an equally primitive engulfing nature. Reminiscent of a ruin, the house appears to have pushed up from the fertile lakebed. Made almost entirely of concrete and reclaimed timber, the house is composed of a central pavilion flanked on either side by wings that emerge as they near the water to provide views and access to the water. Lit by clerestories, these spaces provide a series of deep, sheltered rooms. The landscaped envelope becomes home to a variety of birds and eliminates water run-off.

Team

Publications

1994

Canty, Donald. “Earth Cycle.” Progressive Architecture, June 1994, 84-91. Print.