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Photographer: Mary Randlett

Earth House

  • Jim Olson, Design Principal
  • Longbranch, WA, 1968

Project Details

Designed in 1968, this house represents the primal connection between man and nature, allowing its occupants to be inside and outside at the same time. The owner, former Ambassador to Iceland, desired a house that recalled the sod-roof houses around Reykjavik. The pool and house are on axis with Mount Rainier, paying homage to a treasured natural monument. The building is cut into the hillside so that the planted roof plane seamlessly joins the building to the surrounding landscape, making the entire dwelling seem like an excavated sanctuary in the natural environment.