Camouflaged Concrete: Hill House Blends Into Landscape

Camouflaged Concrete Boulder House 1

Tucked into a hillside between boulders and camouflaged with stone hues and a green roof, this home on San Juan Island in Washington State almost seems to disappear into the landscape from certain angles. A wall of windows provides expansive views of the scenery, with operable glass panels providing access to an outdoor terrace.

Camouflaged Concrete Boulder House 2

Olson Kunding Architects cut out portions of the existing rock at the building site to insert the residence, fitting it in like a puzzle piece and leaving the excavation marks from drills and blasts visible on the stonework of the house.

Camouflaged Concrete Boulder House 3

Camouflaged Concrete Boulder House 4

The rock remains a major architectural feature of the interior, and some rooms have raw walls and ceilings, giving them a cave-like feel. The interior and exterior fireplaces are carved from the stone, and even the sink in the master bathroom consists of a series of hollowed-out basins.

Camouflaged Concrete Boulder House 5

Camouflaged Concrete Boulder House 6

All of this, along with the location in the Salish Sea between Washignton and British Columbia, give the home the atmosphere of a secret lair.

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