Three principal requests from the clients, proprietors of the nearby farm and bed-and-breakfast, resulted in the architecture of 100-acre house: To provide a refuge which would be respectful of its pristine woodland and lake setting, to include a greenhouse for cultivating tropical plants, and a lap pool for frequent exercise by the couple, one of which has limited mobility.
The house functions as a kind of verandah- a linear series of connected internal and external spaces which contemplate views of the extensive property in three cardinal directions. Its long, narrow east-to-west configuration maximizes solar exposure while keeping the disturbance of mature trees to a minimum. The form projects eastward, lightly perching over a ravine teeming with forest activity and sounds. A low overhanging roof unifies the composition below and supports a solar panel array which provides 100% of the building’s energy needs.