Mazama House by Finne Architects

The word “myk” means “soft” in Norwegian. The house interior has been designed to be completely integral with the exterior. Materials: Sapele wood and blackened steel
The VEGG rug explores woven texture and patterning inspired by the shapes and surfaces of “dry-set” stone walls. The subtle curved ends of the black walnut top add another dimension to the contrasting elements of the table. Overall rug size is 10-ft by 12-ft. From the architect
The Mazama house is located in the Methow Valley of Washington State, a secluded mountain valley on the eastern edge of the North Cascades, about 200 miles northeast of Seattle. LETT End Table
The LETT End Table presents a strong contrast between the cool machined surface of the steel legs and the textural bamboo wrap around the steel. The leather is wrapped around firm foam to allow the pieces to be used for sitting, leg support, or for trays with drinks. A grounded 2-story bedroom wing anchors a raised living pavilion that is lifted off the ground by a series of exposed steel columns. The four leather pieces have shapes inspired by terrain morphology. The base is blackened recycled steel, and the leather pieces are elevated above the floor by ten inches. The interior exposed wood beams appear like an unfolding fan as the roof pitch changes. The living pavilion contains more than twelve pieces of custom furniture and lighting, creating a totality of the designed environment that recalls the idea of Gesamtkunstverk, as seen in the work of Josef Hoffman and the Viennese Secessionist movement in the early 20th century. The slot space has been partially filled by waterjet-cut aluminum joining pieces, with zig-zag patterning. The idea is that forms found in nature can be transformed to provide an abstracted sense of landscape to the interiors of our houses and buildings. Two major building volumes indicate the house organization. The table juxtaposes the straight plane of the top against the elegant curvature of the leg structure. The main interior bearing columns are steel with a tapered “V”-shape, recalling the lightness of a dancer. Measuring about 18″ wide and 34″ long, the bench demonstrates that a small piece of furniture can create a large visual impact. Deep roof overhangs, built-in shades and high operating clerestory windows are used to reduce heat gain in summer months. Woven in Nepal, the rug has a serene,organic quality due to the subtle colors achieved with the raw Nepalese wool. The high level of craft evident in the house reflects another key principle of sustainable design: build it well and make it last for many years! The concrete slabs conserve heat and provide great warmth and comfort for the feet. To further emphasize the idea of lightness, the exposed wood structure of the living pavilion roof changes pitch along its length, so the roof warps upward at each end. Also designed by Finne Architects are some of the custom furniture pieces shown throughout the house. Architect and design: Finne Architects
Photography by Benjamin Benschneider

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Comments are closed. Materials: Recycled Steel base, leather-wrapped cushions. About the furniture designed by Finne Architects
BUE Dining Table
The BUE table has a strong gestural presence. Two long black walnut planks float above the arched aluminum legs. A radiant hydronic heat system with exposed concrete floors allows lower operating temperatures and higher occupant comfort levels. The all-silk dark weave is lowest layer, the next layer is a wool loop weave with loop weave silk accent bands, and the top layer is cut wool pile with loop weave silk accents. The house has been designed from the start as a sustainable structure, with 40% higher insulation values than required by code, radiant concrete slab heating, efficient natural ventilation, large amounts of natural lighting, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, and locally sourced materials.

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