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Lake Idaho home of the Mechanical Muse

Olson Kundig Architects have managed to give this astounding newly-built mountain residence a truly classic-industrial feel.

chicken3 Lake Idaho home of the Mechanical Muse

chicken5 Lake Idaho home of the Mechanical Muse

Located on the wooded shore of Lake Idaho, the contemporary residence seems, at first glance, the cutting-edge reconversion of an old industrial building, maybe a factory or mill.

The residence is open and airy, with the roof slab seemingly floating few feet above the concrete brick walls. A mechanical muse has set the tone for the this highly original home, with a wall acting like an enormous window , lifted on a gigantic pulley wheel to open the house toward the lake. There are industrial elements all throughout the house, with the accents of durability and patina, in the massive furnace-like fireplace, with visible seam and weld edges, the enormous 2 story steel door, the steel ceiling beams, the framed clerestory. They are warmed up by the plywood finishes, colorful modern upholstered furniture and a breathtaking blue view of the lake and the far-off mountains.

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