This house is organized around a program of formal, informal, public, private, intimate, service and utility type groupings. By assembling these groupings as 'building componenets' the house could be situated on site with minimal impact on the natural amenities. The 'building block' approach to siting this house furthers a humanist proportion and scale. As a result of this approach to program organization and site specific placement of the various massings of the house I was able to create 'niches', negative and positive spacial relationships using shadows and wall planes as well as limit the greatest expanse of wall to 24 feet overall length before turning corners or projecting a wall plane. I was also, as a result of designing and siting the house in the manner, able to control the scale of roof slopes and the overall height of the building.
Oblique West Elevation
The rusticated cedar shake roof and stteply sloping 15/12 pitch relate to the upland woods of old growth running along the ridge of this site. The stone foundation and first floor elevations relate to the natural stone found in the lake basin as well as the pre-sxisting 300 year old stone walls defining the site. The orientation of the various building componen ts rlates to the long axis of the lake view, and the solar azimuth of the winter sun angle.