This project is really all about trees. The house is tall and is set upon a hillside among many established groupings of hardwood trees. The linear architecture and organization of the columns, and the height and different bays of the house are like a forest. It’s this series of tall elements that create the vertical visual of the home. The windows are stacked many times, emphasizing the slenderness of very tall trees.
The most literal representation of trees is the house staircase which sits at the center of the home. Accompanying the staircase is a split-level landing: the living level is up a few steps, then up a few more to mezzanine level and up another few steps to the overlook level. The staircase, in whole, is just like a tree – creating extensions of platforms that animals can live in as the canopy exposes itself. The lighting placed strategically throughout the house that creates beautiful shadows, similar to the sun and moonlight breaking through parts of the canopy. This is paired with four major linear bays: a master bedroom bay, master bathroom bay, main living bay, and entrance bay. These bays are all slender and long with varying depths. When pushed together, they create a stepping courtyard on the second floor at the rear of the house, allowing you to look out over the raised yard. In the front, we’ve integrated planters and a walkway coming up the hill – which is 15 feet high over the elevation from the driveway to the main entrance of the house. You can really see the expression of these bays and how they step the house back, creating a sense of entry.
We are very interested in the integration of the house with the land. Ordinarily, this type of concept is very much driven by the natural features of the land, which dictates the integration so that the house or building architecture becomes married to the land.