Sited just beyond the tree line where a stand of pine trees break and a meadow begins, a long platform is located to maximize the experience of these two simultaneous landscapes. Approached on foot through rows of mature pines, the building is elevated upon pilotis to minimize its impact on the site, visually and environmentally.
Sharing roots with local Michiana pole barns, this economical structure of glue-laminated douglas fir bents, braces and decking are held above runoff and snow by galvanized steel stirrups. Two small concrete service cores anchor the central communal space and the sleeping chambers beyond. Above the service cores are lofts that overlook the central living space. The tall volume coupled with transom windows becomes well ventilated by whole house fans. Protected under deep eaves of corrugated steel, generous decks and full height windows, connections to the two landscapes are maximized.
General Contractor: Mead Construction
Photography: William Kildow (1997 photos), Steve Hall – Hall + Merrick Photographers