Wood and Glass: Hughesumbanhowar's Big Timber Riverside Residence

Hughes Umbanhowar's Riverside Residence in Big Timber, Montana is the fusion of modernity and functionality into a western landscape.

Big Timber, Montana, USA


 img.0The house sits partially over the river


In Big Timber Riverside Residence glass, steel and wood build up the contemporary home. Designed by California and Florida-based studio Hughes Umbanhowar, it is the only structure on the 2.000 acre property and it provides amazing views of the nearby mountain range. 


The structure sits perfectly above the flood line of Yellowstone River tributary thanks to a porous 30″-tall plinth that allows the passage of water, according to the nature of seasonal flooding.


The vastness of the site and privacy from public roadways leaded the designers to utilize glass partitions more freely. In Hughes Umbanhowar's Big Timber Riverside Residence galss and wood live together in armony. A two-story wood-clad structure faces the entry, concealing the transparent glass wing that intersects it, together forming a T-shaped floor plan. 


Raw materials are left in their original conditions as much as possible forming a tactile home of rich colors and textures, from the large wooden posts that serve as columns to the raw steel sheets that clad the central hearth. 


The upper level enjoys vast views of the landscape while the lower finds itself more immediately connected to the outside within a glass enclosure of operable doors that open onto exterior patios.

img.1Lower-level: a living area with 360-degree views

img.2Glass meets Wood to separate the private from the public areas

img.3Big Timber Riverside Residence view by night

Hughes and Umbanhowar: Hugesumbanhowar Architects Studios

John Umbanhowar and Scott Hughes founded Hugesumbanhowar Architects, an architectural firm with studios in South Florida and Los Angeles. Umbanhowar and Hughes are guided by curiosity and intelligence and their works excel in traslating materials and state-of-art technology into practicla, unique and solution oriented projects to benefit of clients and broader community.

img.4John Umbanhowar and Scott Hughes


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