The natural landscape is the starting point for the design analysis that leds to the definition of the proposed solution. The link between the building and the landscape is established through a volumetric shape that evokes the design of the mountain peaks and through a plan distribution that adapts to the lay of the land. Moreover the use of the glass walls opens visual relationships between interior spaces and the natural environment around.
The volumetric composition is simple and essential and aims to minimize the building physical impact on the context in which it is placed. This also through the use of local materials such as stone and wood and through the use of the green roof, that is integrated with the ground.
The building location is chosen near the existing lot entrance, between the upper bench and the middle slop of the overlay, where it can receive the best sun exposure, especially during the winter. This location sets good panoramic views to the landscape features: the mountains, the sea, the wildlife trail and the creek.
The building is characterized by glass walls facing to the south, the orientation that optimizes the sun-air impact at this latitude. These windows are designed to maximize the solar gain during the winter and to minimize it during the summer. They are equipped with overhangs and adjustable tends. The overhangs protect the interior spaces from the solar radiation during the summer, when the solar path is high. In the same way they allow maximum energy intake during the winter.
The building is organized in a ground floor and a mezzanine. The living and sleeping areas are located in the south side of the building and are characterized by large windows that open to the outdoor spaces (terraces and patio) and to the natural landscape. The storages, the closets, the laundry and the pantry are located in the north side, to create a kind of "space buffer" with the function of protecting the house main spaces from the cold of the winter and from the road noise.