The home’s gathering spaces and bedrooms all open up to nature facing the rear of the property. This allows the rooms that are most often occupied to be bathed in ambient light and lush views while storage, bathrooms and utilities are placed along the hallway on the closed-off side of the home.
In stark juxtaposition to the untamed woodlands, the architecture follows rigid geometry. The form’s visual references to the perfect squares add both structural efficiency and a comforting sense of balance.
These alignments with a precise grid not only inform the exterior facade, but also bring order to the home’s floor plan and cantilevered roof plane. The decision to break the grid at entry creates an interior space that feels deliberate and harmonious.
The disguised solid form is covered in polished, reflective aluminum panels that are treated with a coating that makes it visible and safe for the birds and wildlife who inhabit these woods. Additionally, the lower level plinth is partially wrapped in translucent polycarbonate that creates the nightly illusion of a floating rectangular void above a band of light.
To dramatically reduce energy consumption, the roof plane is extended beyond the glass walls to prevent summer sun from overheating the home’s interiors. The angled walls that support the overhanging roof help to create additional privacy from the homeowners primary residence.