The clients wanted a house intertwined with the landscape and watercourse. Conceived as a series of cabins along an east-west axis, the axis develops the spatial richness and diversity of a village street. Between the cabins the ‘connective tissue’ –executed in a mahogany window wall- contrasts with the solid cabins. Walking along the ‘street’, the exterior flows through the house and the sound of water comes into almost every room. The long southern exposure maximizes solar gain and creates sun pockets.
There is an emphasis on craftsmanship and detailing. Stacked timbers are conceived as “log masonry,” square-cut and coursed like masonry rather than traditional logs. The joinery is highly detailed; exposed blued steel splines mark openings through the log and pair beautifully with custom designed mahogany doors and trim.