The house embraces local tradition of the barn with a contemporary geometric twist. One corner has been pulled and moved diagonally from its rectangular loci. This has folded the entry gable facade and created a strong diagonal southern facade. These distortions create some interesting spaces and juxtapositions. One can see a vernacular “saltbox” form or a simple barn neither of which are true. The pulled corner creates a dramatically rising double height triangular living room. Several triangles are produced in the plan as a result of the diagonals. Rather than being odd they serve useful functions. The diagonal southern wall in the loft and the living room stretch both small spaces optically to give them a feeling of greater size.
Passivhaus principles such as; efficient compact volume, triple glazed windows, SIP walls u-value .14, Roof u-value .08, and Air to Air heat recovery ventilation, and future solar radiant heat.
Finalist Grand Design Awards International House 2010
Building Design Magazine, London UK Sept 10, 2010
100 country houses: New Rural Architecture, Images Publishing, Australia 2009
Phaidon Atlas of 21st Cent World Architecture, Phaidon Press, London UK 2008
Strike a Pose, Eccentric Architecture and Spectacular Spaces, Die Gestalten Verlag, Germany 2008