Set against a backdrop of beautiful mountains, the River Bank house rests calmly along the Gallatin River outside Big Sky in Montana. The design of house establishes a well balanced connection between form and functionality. The inhabitants of the house are social people, who love entertaining guests and therefore, Balance Associates Architects, designed the house to serve them well, creating as much privacy as possible. Also, since it is located in one of the most pristine locations, it was essential that the natural ecology of the surroundings was left unharmed. And, of course we can’t skip out mentioning that the house is a sustainable structure, taking full advantage of the bright sunshine that illuminates the enclosure.
I sometimes envy the inhabitants of the house, they get to wake up to the best view of the river flowing by, hearing it wriggling and thrashing, making its way ahead. Along with this it also manages to maintain a good orientation toward the sun, letting it penetrate every corner of the house during winters and keeping it out during summers. The large roof above the living room shades the large glass areas that would have otherwise made the house too warm. There are geothermal heat pumps and other high level installations that keep the house warm during winters and also make the house energy efficient.
The house has two main living zones, one for the guests and one for everyday living. The guest’s area can be shut off from the rest of the house when not in use. Although I am sure that guests would never like to leave behind spectacular views and unmatched comfort.