Remote home rises from the high desert floor

Set on twenty acres in Bellevue, Idaho, Outpost rises from the high desert floor against the backdrop of the Sawtooth Mountains. Designed by Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig Architects, this 3,882 square foot house has been designed to age gracefully. The structure has been built using concrete blocks, steel and plywood. Large windows on all four sides frame vistas of the changing scenery. A key element of Outpost is the long, rectangular “Paradise Garden”, sheltered and separated from the high desert landscape by eleven-foot high walls. Within, the owner has planted roses, grapes and espaliered fruit trees. Outpost is a residence and a studio/workshop. The entrance/ground floor is the office/studio as well as laundry, powder room, garage and mechanical room. The second floor is the 25-foot open-plan living/dining public space. There is a deck off the living space. The third floor is the master suite.


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