Location: Benton County, Arkansas
Completion Date: TBD
Project Team: Frank Harmon, Matthew Griffith
Lost Rock will be a collection of environmentally sustainable cabins and pavilions designed with one overriding imperative: to defer to the rugged beauty of the Ozark Mountains — to rest quietly among the hills and meadows both in form and materials, sharing and conserving the land, never dominating it. Lost Rock is not intended as a showcase for cutting-edge, modern architecture. It will be a casual community of unique, attainable, homes-away-from-home, built of materials as simple and durable as the Ozarks themselves, where residents leave the distractions of “civilization” behind and return to nature – to a simple, honest, uncluttered way of life. Nestled into a hillside, perched among the treetops, or hovering just above water’s edge, Lost Rock’s homes and pavilions will be minimal, practical, sustainable structures that blur the line between indoors and out.
Our Design Response
Our team is designing four of Lost Rock’s lakeside residences, or “cabins,” ranging from 1000 to 1500 square feet, as well as an outdoor pavilion. Constructed primarily of wood and stone, the cabins will be as unobtrusive as possible to give the homeowners a sense of living outdoors. At least a third of the square footage of each cabin will be devoted to a screened porch to create wonderful views and to capture prevailing breezes for natural ventilation. The largest of the three will feature a spacious terrace built into the hillside. We will design more residences as the project progresses.
Perched on a hill, the Pavilion will feature a large, covered “porch” for overlooking a meadow. Tucked behind the pavilion’s stone façade will be the kitchen and bathroom facilities.