Maryhill Overlook, by Allied Works Architecture, 1998 - in Goldendale, Washington, USA
The Maryhill Overlook lies on a bluff above the Columbia River Gorge within a vast landscape of barren grasslands marked by basalt scarps—a harsh environment exposed to extreme weather and dramatic swings of light.
A single concrete slab emerges from the earth, rising and falling as it moves to the edge of the cliffs. Along its length are eight volumes that open and close to the sky. From a distance the form dissolves and reemerges as line or plane in response to the quality of light and changing point of view. Drawing closer, held in the hollow wall, the surfaces are cut by a datum that establishes a specific reference to the surrounding landscape.