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April 20, 2015

Winthrop house one of 10 AIA award winners

Photos by Benjamin Benschneider [enlarge]

A house designed by Olson Kundig Architects of Seattle won a 2015 Housing Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Ten projects were picked in several categories: family custom housing, multifamily housing and special housing.

Olson Kundig won in the custom housing category for Studhorse, a four-bedroom, five-bathroom house in Winthrop.

Tom Kundig led design for the 3,000-square-foot house. The firm said the design reflects the clients' desire to experience the surrounding environment in all seasons.

Four separate structures surround a central courtyard. Each structure is oriented toward different elements in the landscape, such as nearby Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake.

The family room, kitchen and bar are grouped together in the main building. Private areas — the master bedroom, kids' bedroom and den — are in an adjacent structure.

Guest rooms are in another structure and isolated to allow for independent use.

A fourth structure houses a sauna with views of the Methow Valley.

All the winners are at http://tiny.cc/nll7wx/.

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