Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel
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Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

Located on a flood plain of the Potlatch River, two adjacent cantilevered metal building belong to the same owner, who want a live-work space for their winery and vineyard.

Architects: Paul Hirzel
Location: Potlatch River, Idaho, USA
Photographs: Jim Van Gundy

Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

© Jim Van Gundy

Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

© Jim Van Gundy

Supported by a 186 foot Howe truss on 4 piers above the “500 year flood event” elevation, the “Bridge Structure” is the main live space with a 32-foot-long cantilever extending over the river.

Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

© Jim Van Gundy

Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

© Jim Van Gundy

While the “Lookout Structure” perched on a narrow basalt cliff overlooking a spawning pool on the river, additional guest facilities, a small event space, storage, and studio are in the Lookout Structure.

Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

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Interiors of both structures are finished with local pine, exposed lumber framing, and standard plywood and in the case of the Lookout space.

Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

© Jim Van Gundy

Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

© Jim Van Gundy

Flood Plain House and Fishing House by Paul Hirzel

© Jim Van Gundy


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