Rattlesnake Creek Residence
Missoula, Montana |
The house lies in a heavily wooded creek bed in Missoula, Montana. The main body of the house is parallel to the creek, allowing the sight and sound of its year-round flow to be expected within the 110' long space. The house is enclosed on the opposite side with a board-formed concrete wall that stops short of the roof, allowing a continous band of clerestory around the house for light and circulation. The rooms are arranged in a linear pattern that follows the line of the creek, allowing a one-to-one relationship of creek to enclosure. The rooms themselves are containers within a container, having their own ceilings that are separate from the higher structure above; they read more as pieces of cabinetry within a volume. The house is strongly horizontal, and rests lightly on the land.

Published in Architectural Record Magazine (October 2006) and Encyclopedia of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture (Laurence King Publishing, 2010)

Recipient of American Institute of Architects San Diego Award of Merit (2006)

Photography by David Harrison