added by susan Mecca-Urbanczyk
(20 months ago)
The Pierre, located on Lopez Island, Wash., was "conceived as a retreat nestled into the rock." A quick glance gives the impression that the house is literally melded with the outcropping that first drew the owner to the site. Reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's decision to build Fallingwater upon that waterfall in Bear Run, Penn., Kundig's similar tactic unites the house with the rock.
But nestling a house into a large outcropping of rock is not easy. Dynamite was one of the many tools needed to excavate and smooth the rock.