Architectural Inspo: Rock House at Carraig Ridge
800-sq-ft of contemporary cabin heaven set in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies
Proving contemporary architecture can in fact fit in with the wild landscape of even the most rugged regions, Southern Alberta’s aptly named Rock House sits nestled between two lichen-covered rocks in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Designed by Seattle-based Cutler Anderson Architects, a firm renowned for it’s forward thinking design and ability to seamless integrate powerful forms and complex textures into natural environments, the 800-square-foot “cabin” is the first completed structure in a new TK plot community of contemporary architecture called Carriage Ridge.
Board-formed concrete, Douglas Fir wood, and insulated glass establish the angular home’s visual language, while a dramatic, sweeping prairie view dominates the overall conversation. To minimize the structure’s impact on the view, a single central steel I-beam spans the interior, supporting the roof on a series of slender steel columns. The result is a stunning example of striking design that doesn’t steal the show.