Delta Shelter – Cool Home

I love this house! 

I can’t remember where I saw this image first, but it strikes me ! 

The simple elevated cube with the warm golden hue  set in contrast with the blue light of winter in the Northwest.

The Delta Shelter would have made Le Corbusier proud.  The early modernist’s 5 points of architecture:

  1. Elevate by support of pilotis (steel in this case)
  2. Free the facade – meaning the structural support allows a free form interior
  3. Open floor plan
  4. Unencumbered views – structure allows continuous bands of windows
  5. Roof garden – maybe they didn’t cut it here !

Even though it doesn’t look like they accomplished Point 5 – Le Corbusier certainly would have found great interest in his idea of the home as “a machine for living.”  One can see the old master trying his hand at the giant wheel that closes all of the four giant shutters of the house.

 Below you can see side by side photos of the house both open and shuttered.  Apparently in a remote mountain site, the owner likes the security of being able to close the house up tight.

 Look at how the rusted steel panels look so natural amongst the fall foliage.

Olson Kundig Architects, based in  Seattle, is a firm of over 90 people and designs large commercial buildings as well as well as a collection of these types of “cabins.”  Not doubt this was probably not an inexpensive project for its size.

Cool Home Stat’s

Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location:    Mazama, Washington, USA
Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA – design principal;
                                    Ellen Cecil – project manager;
                                    Debbie Kennedy – interior designer
Contractor: Tim Tanner
Consultants: Monte Clark Engineering – structural engineering;
                                Turner Exhibits – shutter engineer and fabricator
Size: 1,000 sf
Photographs: Olson Kundig Architects / Tim Bies, Benjamin Benschneider