Narnian Castle Does Battle in a Far Northwest Archipelago | Home Design Find

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Narnian Castle Does Battle in a Far Northwest Archipelago

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If the Castle of Cair Paravel in Narnia was real, this must have been how it was. I didn’t know it, of course, when I read the Narnia books as a child. But as soon as I saw this, I recognized it.

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The passage of vast sweeps of forgotten time is manifested here. The vintage Royal trinkets suggest a temporary human dominion over nature. This is in stark contrast to the steely grandeur and permanence of rock-made concrete.

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The exterior is very much of our particular 21st century and human agency. But the Narnian quality of immense stretches of time is here, too. While the building is clearly of the 21st century, notice how it is wrested from the rocks as if it is in a fight for survival. For now, it is human engineering, glass and concrete, that is winning the battle.
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Olson Kundig Architects is famous for their brutally frank buildings. Like their simple manly shooters’ shelter, this lookout on the bleak Northern San Juan Archipelago has a rugged masculine presence. The gruff materials are locally quarried.
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Notice how that giant rock to the side of the house was cut. It was ground up into the concrete forming the wall.

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Similarly, the turf removed from the site for the house is relocated upwards, to the roof.

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A rock sink reminds us where the basic stuff of life we depend on really comes from. Water is not some product that we make artificially in our houses, that we can get out of faucets whenever we need to. Nature must provide it.

Notice how the ancient rock that has been sheered presses relentlessly against the human-engineered glass windows. Rocks have by far outlived humans. They’ll be here when we’re gone.

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So enjoy your cozy, temporary sense of timelessness and Royal dominion while you can, humans!

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3 Comments so far to “Narnian Castle Does Battle in a Far Northwest Archipelago”
  1. Susannah Says:

    I could live in that house. Most designed homes, I couldn't. I would be a stranger, a visitor. This one feels real.

  2. Christa Pirl Says:

    Oh wow. I am in total and utter love with this property! Thanks for sharing! This, in my opinion, is the perfect marriage between minimalism and the antique, just what I LOVE and promote as the best of design.

  3. Paul Says:

    The view of the water outside the window mirrors back its beauty. This appears to be a design that honors nature.

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