12/19/2008--Bellevue, Idaho, USA..Ground floor office.The Outpost, owned by Jan Cox. The office is decorated with large photos by Ms. Cox (shown at her desk). Ms. Cox, whose father was an architect, first came to Idaho's Wood River Valley on a ski trip as a child...Set in the remote and harsh high desert landscape of Idaho, Outpost is a residence and studio/workshop for making and displaying art. An important aspect of the complex is the protected "paradise garden," which is separated from the wild landscape by thick concrete walls. The materials used in the structure, including concrete block, car-decking, and plywood, require little or no maintenance, and are capable of withstanding the extreme weather that characterize the desert's four seasons...LEAD ARCHITECT: Tom Kundig of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects in Seattle, WA...©2008 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.