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12/19/2008--Bellevue, Idaho, USA..Exterior: West view.The Outpost, owned by Jan Cox. A concrete-block box at the end of a half-mile-long driveway, the house is built around a single large room that combines kitchen, living and dining areas...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.