The Pierre, meaning stone in French, is located on one of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Seattle. Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects used dynamite and saws to bore through the existing bedrock of the land.
The home sits between two giant boulders, the rough stone contrasting the smooth exposed concrete walls set between. “Putting the house in the rock follows a tradition of building on the least productive part of a site, leaving the best parts free for cultivation,” said Tom Kundig, the lead architect. Grass and foliage cover the roof, blending the home into the landscape further.
Throughout the interior protrudes the natural stone the structure is embedded in. Both bathrooms and each the indoor and outdoor fireplace see the carved stone being used to the home’s advantage. Floor to ceiling bookcases open to reveal a concealed storage area and the laundry. Enormous pivoting steel and glass doors act as the main entrance and access to the outdoor living space. This raw, remote home offers the perfect location to get away from it all.