Photo: Benjamin Benschneider
The Mazama house is located in the Methow Valley of Washington State, a secluded mountain valley on the eastern edge of the North Cascades. A raised living pavilion is lifted off the ground by a series of exposed steel columns. The large meadow in front of the house continues right under the main living space, making the living pavilion into a kind of bridge structure spanning over the meadow grass. The raised floor level provides enhanced views as well as keeping the main living level well above the 3-4 feet of winter snow accumulation. The exposed wood structure of the living pavilion roof changes pitch along its length, so the roof warps upward at each end.