We often call something “in the middle of nowhere” but rarely does anything truly qualify. The Ranchero is an exception.
Located in the unincorporated community of Mazama, Washington, this house is in the middle of a national forest. It faces extreme heat and cold, from up to five feet of snowfall in winters to brush fires in the summer. How can a weekend house, left attended mos of the year, survive? Furthermore, how can it stay sensitive to its environment, reducing energy usage and opening up to landscape? The house more than rises to the challenge, as I found when I interviewed CAST Architecture Principal Tim Hammer on his design.
Top Image: The Ranchero, Photo by Stefam Hampden