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Since our last article How to achieve an open concept design, save space and still have privacy we have received numerous comments asking us for other ways to accomplish an open concept design with privacy. So today, we decided to show you the spectacular Shadowboxx house by Olson Kundig Architects that is so dynamic that it has been referred to as the “shape shifting house.” As always, leave comments, tell us which house you think should be featured, or another way to achieve an open concept and still have privacy?

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Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Structural Engineer: MCE Structural Consultants, Inc. 
Mechanical Engineer: CPI Plumbing & Heating
Electrical Engineer: Bird Electric
Design Principal: Tom Kundig, FAIA
Interior Design: Viekman
Images: © Olson Kundig Architects, Michael Burns, Tim Bies, Kevin Scott, Benjamin Benschneider
Location: Lopez Island, Washington, USA
Year: 2009
 

Shadowbox sits on naturally cleared land created by natural environmental forces. This shorefront site features movable doors, shutters, walls, and roofs that constantly shift the threshold between inside and outside. The goal of the house, according to its architects, is to “purposely confuses the traditional boundaries between a built structure and its surroundings.”

(Source: designalmic.com)

(Source: designalmic.com)

 

The building has an elongating porch and retractable walls which gives an open concept and blends seamlessly with nature. Moreover, one of the main highlights of the building is the awning shutters devised by Kundig, FAIA,  that gives this shore front property security and weather protection.

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Shadowboxx is composed of a living space, bathhouse, and private guest room. A steel chimney pipe lies at the center doubling as a structural support.

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On either side of the hearth, steel-clad doors slide open to connect the gallery and kitchen space with the main living space, called the cloud room. Walled with glass, it contains six custom-designed rolling platforms that serve as both sofas and beds, enabling the room to morph into a communal sleeping area.

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The bathhouse roof opens at the push; it is engineered with a 5,500-pound steel counterweight, two steel pivot hinges, and two pairs of counter-rotating lifting arms. Combined with sliding and pivoting steel and glass doors, the space can completely open to the elements.

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Materials with a strong tactility are used throughout the house, including rammed earth floors, reclaimed oak floorplanks, unpainted gypsum board and steel walls, corrugated steel siding and roofing, and reclaimed scaffolding planks for the ceiling.

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(Source: designalmic.com)

 

Whilst the images are beautiful the video truly shows you the beauty and diversity of this house, so take a look!

 

References

Olson Kundig Architects | Shadowboxx | arthitectural.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.arthitectural.com/olson-kundig-architects-shadowboxx/

Shadowboxx / Olson Kundig Architects | ArchDaily. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.archdaily.com/310617/shadowboxx-olson-kundig-architects/

Shadowboxx House / Olson Kundig Architects | Designalmic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://designalmic.com/shadowboxx-house-olson-kundig-architects

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