Tom Kundig Architect

We love modern architecture and this modernist minimal home is just our cup of tea. Designed by the architect Tom Kundig from Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects for Jac McFarland, the house is located in Bellevue Idaho. A concrete-block box at the end of a half-mile driveway, the house is built around a single large room that combines kitchen, living and dining areas. A narrow sisal-covered staircase leads to a mezzanine bedroom supported by an exposed steel beam. Every detail may feel exquisitely thought through, but the understatement of the concrete-block construction — along with the windows, some as large as 8 by 11 feet, that breach the walls on all four sides — steers the visitor back to the main attraction: the constantly changing scenery of the desert. It’s as if the house were a huge three-dimensional Idaho tourism brochure.

Pictures by Stuart Isett for The New York Times.

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