Location: Apex, NC
Completion Date: TBD
Project Team: Frank Harmon, Ashley Ozburn, Tika Hicks
The client asked for a modern, open house that embodies the principles of sustainable architecture with minimal impact on its wooded site. The site features sloping topography, an elegant maple tree, and a small creek along the northeast boundary.
Our Design Response
The scheme is composed of two pieces: one long, narrow piece projecting half of itself out over the hill towards a creek and maple below, and the second low element running parallel with the topography and intersecting with the first to create a dynamic space. Each piece will house a bedroom on the end and begin to turn into public space as it intersects with the other, culminating in a dramatic living room that will project out over the sloping site below. The L-shaped footprint will create an intimate courtyard directly off the kitchen and living room. The courtyard will feature a pool and space for outdoor entertainment. The dining room will be opened to extend dining out onto the porch.
The scheme features broad roof overhangs on the southern side to shelter the house from the summer sun yet allow northern light to filter into the space. The floor plan allows the client to enjoy a different, yet spectacular, view of the site from each room -- towards the creek below, into the woodlands, and over a small field opening near the house. The line between indoors and outdoors will be intentionally blurred to give the interior space a sense of being connected to the natural environment.