Long before sustainable design hit the mainstream, Austin-based architects Andersson Wise earned a reputation for creating low footprint buildings that borrow design cues — and materials — from the sites on which they're built. Stone Creek Camp, a rustic wilderness retreat on the picturesque shores of Montana's Flathead Lake, is a case in point.
The central building on the property, which also includes a lodge and guest accommodations, is the Lake House, a stunning piece of eco architecture featuring a vast green roof and cordwood walls made from trees felled onsite. The structure not only provides a direct connection with the natural environment outside, but helps regulate energy use within the walls.
Taking design concepts from nature, using materials found onsite, is what drives Andersson Wise's approach.
“My notions aren’t wild, they’re just about the wild,” says Arthur Andersson. “The excitement for us is to find the glory in every spot, to find the amazing aspects of every place.”
A monograph of Andersson Wise homes, Natural Houses, is available from Princeton Architectural Press.
Photos: Art Gray