Sawmill Gulch Residence
Missoula, MT
Completed Spring 2016

MMW Architects
125 West Alder Street
Missoula, MT 59802

At the end of a high mountain road in an area referred to as Sawmill Gulch, this new home reaches in all directions to take in the vistas and maximize the buildable area. One of the owners is a classical painter. Her studio was used as an anchor to the home, with the various legs of the home taking on a sawmill building typology (long and skinny). This design allows seamless connection to the surrounding forest and distant mountains, both from the interior spaces as well as from the many exterior decks, and amazing natural light in all areas. Movement through the home was choreographed so that the focal point at the end of each procession was either nature or art. The home is clad in standing seam Core-ten steel and stone, with an exposed concrete base. Over time, the site will re-vegetate with native grasses. The birds and other wildlife have already returned.

Sawmill Gulch Residence
Missoula, MT
Completed Spring 2016

MMW Architects
125 West Alder Street
Missoula, MT 59802

At the end of a high mountain road in an area referred to as Sawmill Gulch, this new home reaches in all directions to take in the vistas and maximize the buildable area. One of the owners is a classical painter. Her studio was used as an anchor to the home, with the various legs of the home taking on a sawmill building typology (long and skinny). This design allows seamless connection to the surrounding forest and distant mountains, both from the interior spaces as well as from the many exterior decks, and amazing natural light in all areas. Movement through the home was choreographed so that the focal point at the end of each procession was either nature or art. The home is clad in standing seam Core-ten steel and stone, with an exposed concrete base. Over time, the site will re-vegetate with native grasses. The birds and other wildlife have already returned.

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