Tucked into the side of a ravine 300 feet above the Clearwater River, “The Canyon House” is a year-round retreat designed by Paul Hirzel.
Situated on 40 acres of land on the southern side of the canyon, the owners hoped the retreat would “cultivate the spiritual aspects in the trinity of human, fish, and river.”
Rather than one large home, it was decided to create two small timber-framed and steel-clad structures that step down the side of the canyon–the Studio House (shown above) and the Bunkhouse. According to Hirzel, the Bunkhouse is more about seeking refuge. The Studio House embraces its exposure.
The Studio House sits at a higher elevation and is more exposed to the elements.
It includes multiple walk-outs to large outdoor living spaces, making the compact interior feel much more spacious.
In consideration of passive cooling, the strategically placed operable windows promote updraft ventilation. This keeps the interior comfortable when temperatures soar in the Summer.
More secluded and sheltered, the Bunkhouse sits closer to the base of the ravine. It has smaller, intentionally placed windows that capture very specific views.
All images and architectural drawings © Paul Hirzel.