Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tiberline Lodge Archway

Timber Details

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Windows With a View

"If there is a beautiful view, don't spoil it by building huge windows that gape incessantly at it. Instead, put the windows which look onto the view at places of transition along paths, in hallways, in entry ways, on stairs, between rooms.
If the view window is correctly placed, people will see a glimpse of the distant view as they come up to the window or pass it..." (Pattern Language #134: Zen View)


Some guest rooms and private offices are tucked away for a little more privacy.

Built Into the Hill

Where it is possible and appropriate, buildings and walkways are built into the contours of the land.

Windows looking out onto life

Siena, Italy

Human Buildings

Buildings made of natural materials feel more human; more honest. The texture of stone may be rough, but then life can be too. The eyebrow curve on the entry way is welcoming.
Halstatt, Austria.

Guest Rooms

Plastered walls and a timber ceiling in a bed and breakfast near Siena, Italy.

This simple room in a 100 year old hotel in Hallstatt, Austria reminds us that smaller rooms are more intimate.
A second window, on a second wall at the corner would help to give this room a little more openess without increasing the size.
Tucking the bed into an alcove with a slightly lower ceiling would make it an even more private sanctuary.

Between Inside and Outside

Terraced Buildings

See also Built Into the Hill
and Walkways on the Edge


There is a playful surprise about this old hotel in Austria.
Very little is perfectly square.

Walking Through


You'll need to use your imagination here to picture this pergola with Wisteria or Honeysuckle, or Roses or....
(a manufacturing and retail yard in Roserito, Mexico)

Roughly round or sguare timbers also make good columns.

Outside Stairs

Detail Matters