Designed to reflect the clients East Asian heritage, accommodate their large family and respond to the dramatic narrow ridge site the house is a spatial progression along a central linear spine.
Upon entering the house a traditional Japanese grade level entry hall serves as a transition space where shoes and coats are removed before stepping up to the wood floors. Guest quarters are elevated to the north while the main path continues south. Proceeding south the spine is flanked by a series of rooms (a hidden office, a side courtyard, a workout room, etc.) and a group of sliding doors that open to reveal a variety of functions including an office, a bar, and a Chinese red tansu stairway. This tansu provides access to the cantilevered bedroom suite above. Green Elements/Materials: Sustainable systems for energy and water were desired in an effort to be environmentally responsible as well as to maintain functionality in this isolated location. Photovoltaic panels positioned at grade along the south slope provide the electrical power for the house. Well water is in short supply, so water is collected from the metal roofs, purified, and stored in tanks under the house and in a large tank to the north. Concern of forest fires as well as desire for longevity and minimal maintenance requirements dictated exterior cladding systems and material choices.*Photos by Ben Benschneider