This 15,000 square foot residence is located on a secluded ten-acre site on the banks of the Snake River. Drawing inspiration from the adjacent braided and ever-changing river channels, the precise layout of this house creates a unique relationship to the site from each room, as well as dynamic views and spatial experiences.
The rigorous design process started with stacked linear elements that began to shear and shift in response to an evolving, complex program in the context of a site with multiple focuses: contemplative pond, rushing river, majestic mountain range, and intimate cottonwood forest. Individual family members desired access to specific natural features, and the positioning of primary spaces sought comprehensive visual and acoustical relationships to the landscape. The skewed geometry and form is the realization of a schematic exploration that achieves specific programmatic goals for each room and exterior space.
The sequence of interior spaces gradually unfolds to reveal near and distant features of this natural environment. Large window walls in primary spaces connect interior and exterior seamlessly while private areas provide framed access to views. A three-story atrium brings light into the core of the house, connects a below grade level with the floors above and creates transition from the public to the private zones. The formal misalignment of ground and second floor created opportunities to define useable exterior space. The primary wing cantilevers aggressively toward the river to provide the most inclusive views for the master bedroom while creating covered outdoor dining below. A secondary bedroom wing, supported on thin columns, extends into the landscape and creates cover for the main entry while framing a view of the river scape beyond.
Inside, the simplicity of predominately white surfaces is highlighted in contrast to the texture of the natural environment and creates a neutral background for a growing art collection. Skylights punctuate the roof plane to create key connections to the sky from interior rooms.
Varied infiltrating light creates an inspiring living space that is continually tuned by its environment. The gray and wood-texture exterior rain screen creates continuity with the surrounding cottonwood forest. The house lends itself in color and form to the nearby fabric of river islands, flotsam and jetsam.