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Coeur D’Alene Residence built on a steep slope in Idaho


Washington-based architectural practice, Uptic Studios, has designed the Coeur D’Alene Residence project. The contemporary family home is located on a steep slope in Idaho, overlooking Lake Coeur D’Alene.

The main design brief was to create a modern cabin for a couple with children and also their grandchildren. The contemporary property was designed with the three generations of family,  providing separate spaces for privacy in addition to common rooms that bring everyone together comfortably.


According to the architect: One of the driving forces behind the design was the site’s existing conditions. The property is steep and narrow with a natural spring that runs beneath the hillside. We realised you could shift the dirt anywhere and water would emerge. This resulted in the dual form approach, bridging the gap where the underground stream flows naturally.


“The property is centered on the notion of a large close-knit family, and each member was considered in the interior design. We strove to find commonalities between family members to develop an aesthetic that addressed everyone’s needs and visions.

“The view from the site was an important aspect to the client and integral to the design. To maximise outdoor space and connection to the landscape, columns were absent on the deck. A steel beam system supports the cantilevered roof and allows the windows to extend to the ceiling, blurring the delineations between indoor and outdoor spaces. Large sliding doors and indoor/outdoor kitchen counters create a unique relationship between the deck and indoor common areas.”

Images courtesy of Shaun Cammack

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January 8, 2014 | Property | View comments

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