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Olson Kundig's Studhorse Wins 2015 AIA Housing Award

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Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
Photo: Benjamin Benschneider

The American Institute of Architects's Housing Awards program recognizes the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life. The ten recipients of the 2015 awards have been announced and Washington is home to one of them, Studhorse in Winthrop. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects (Tom Kundig was design principal), the four-bedroom, five-bathroom house is actually four separate structures surrounding a central courtyard, a riff on the concept of covered wagons. The homeowner's desire to 'experience and interact with the surrounding environment' had a big impact on the way each structure is placed, with each rotate toward a different element in the surrounding landscape. One building contains the family room, kitchen, and bar while a 'bedroom building' has the master and children's bedrooms. The other structures contain a guest suite and a sauna overlooking the valley below.

· Winthrop house one of 10 AIA award winners [DJC]
· The American Institute of Architects Select Ten Recipients for the 2015 Housing Awards [AIA]
· Studhorse [OKA]