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MOUNTAIN CABIN, NANTAHALA NC
The cabin received Merit Award from American Institute of Architects in 2017.
The architectural concept behind this project on the top of a North Carolina mountain was to create a retreat where nature is in focus and which accommodates the leisure and luxury of vacation living, while flowing perfectly into the surrounding nature. For that reason, the house is not designed as one big volume but consists of three interconnected structures.
The Main House with a view of the lake and distant mountain ridges contains the living and dining area, the kitchen and the master suite. The Entry/Hall Building greets visitors with a view to the west oriented courtyard and the Guest House. Surrounding terraces connect those structures and create a platform for multiple outdoor leisure spaces sheltered from the weather. The spaces weave in and out, framing panoramic views of mountains and the lake to blur the boundaries between inside and outside. The mix of minimalistic detailing juxtaposing raw wood against white walls, tall glass panes, and simple furnishings gives this rustic contemporary home its character. Large glass panes also provide passive solar heating during winter, but in the summer, trees shade the house thereby keeping it cool and minimizing energy consumption. The house is built with sustainable materials easily available locally.
Study of the site, conceptual design, design development, construction documents, interior design, construction administration, furniture design.