River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

The River Bank house was completed in 2009 by the Seattle based studio Balance Associates Architects. This 3,400 square foot contemporary home is located in Big Sky, Montana, USA.

River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Water Feature, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Glass Walls, Terrace, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Mountain Views, Outdoor Living, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Outdoor Fire, Chimney, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Outdoor Fireplace, Seating, Terrace, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Front Door, Water Feature, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Entrance, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Kitchen, Open Plan, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Kitchen, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Kitchen Sink, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Sliding Glass Walls, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Living Space, Grey Sofas, Lighting, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

 

Bathroom, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Main Floor Plan, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

Site Plan, River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects

River Bank House, Montana by Balance Associates Architects, Project Description:

“The River Bank House sits along the Gallatin River just outside Big Sky, Montana. The clients love to entertain, so the house was set up to create an open and casual atmosphere with a strong connection to the outdoors. The house is oriented toward the best view of the river while maintaining good solar orientation for taking advantage of solar heat gain in the winter and keeping out the hot summer sun.

The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter. In such an extreme climate the house was specifically designed to withstand both extremes of the temperature spectrum.

The house is separated into the main living area and the guest wing. The guest area is designed so that it can be shut off from the rest of the house when unoccupied and set back to a lower temperature when not in use. Additionally, the two wings of the house bend in order to capture the best views of the river and create a protected entry courtyard.”

Photos By: Steve Keating

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