Maxon House demonstrates how a disciplined program and budget can lead to compelling design solutions that liberate rather than confine. The 3,200-square-foot home connects family members with one another, as well as to the heavily forested landscape that surrounds.

Project Name: Maxon House
Studio Name: Olson Kundig
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Project Size: 3,200 SF
Location: Carnation, Washington, USA
Photography: Nic Lehoux

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Kitchen+Dining ©Nic Lehoux

Located on a 21-acre, densely forested site, the home is perched on a bluff with expansive views of the Tolt River Valley. The design turned the site’s inherent constraints into opportunities, such as the steep slope that cuts through the lot, which inspired the home’s cantilevered design.

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Interior ©Nic Lehoux

The resulting long, rectangular floor plan maximizes the expansive westward-facing views of the valley below. A weathered Corten steel ramp begins the dramatic entry sequence which culminates in a massive steel pivoting front door.

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Exterior View ©Nic Lehoux

A wall of full-height windows in the main living area frame the towering fir trees beyond, while also countering the horizontality of the overall plan. Raw, humbleinterior materials such as concrete and plywood unfold throughout thehome’s interior.


Now in its sixth decade of practice, Olson Kundig is a collaborative design practice whose work includes cultural and museum projects, exhibition design, commercial and mixed-use design (including wineries and sports facilities), private and multi-family residential, hospitality projects, places of worship, interior design, product design and landscape design. With deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, the firm and its staff of 200 work with clients around the world. More information at


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