Taking its cues from both persona and place, this residence seeks to reconcile a steeply-sloped, wooded site with the late client’s desire to live in a log home in the woods. The residence was conceived as a 24 ft x 155 ft linear bar rising into the trees. Positioned according to subdivision covenants, the structure bridges 45 feet across an existing intermittent creek, thereby preserving natural drainage patterns and habitat. An 80 ft long ‘grand terrace’ and double-height window wall were incised into the linear bar. The window wall not only provides continual connection to the surrounding woods, but also enables indirect daylight to penetrate the interior. In addition to preserving existing drainage patterns and providing natural daylight, additional sustainable features include a vegetated roof, wood flooring locally-milled using walnut trees cleared from the site during construction, and a minimal building footprint.

Awards

  • Honor Award, 2008 AIA Ohio Design Awards
  • Honor Award, 2008 AIA Cincinnati Design Awards
  • Honor Award, 2009AIA Cincinnati CORA Awards
  • Cincinnati Sustainability Award, 2009AIA Cincinnati COTE Awards
  • Grand Award, 2011 Custom Home Magazine Design Awards
  • Best Residence over 3500sf, 2008 Cincinnati Magazine Design Awards
  • Grand Winner, 2009 myMarvin Architect Challenge
  • Special Award, 2010 Wood Design & Building Wood Design Awards

Publications

  • Best Magazine, 2006
  • Builder, February 2011
  • Builder, November 2011
  • Custom Home, May/June 2011
  • Design Bureau, November/December 2011
  • Great American Kitchens, Volume IV 2008
  • Sophisticated Living, July/August 2008
  • Wood Design & Building, Spring 2011
Photography: Eric Williams, Scott Hisey