Forest House

A "tower in the forest," this house sits on a 5-acre wooded site in Great Falls, Virginia. Although the tower is a separate structure from the existing house on the site, they are connected by a 2-story link. The overall design concept was to create a "house as frame" for the landscape. As one ascends higher and higher in the tower, framed views of the surrounding forest are revealed in each direction through large window openings. The program consists of a playroom and bedroom suite on the lower level, master bedroom suite on the first floor, media room above, and office on the top floor. The media room and office are open to each other through a two-story space, and a large bookcase running along the staircase connects each space vertically. While the new tower is unique and different architecturally from the existing house, the two are connected by a plinth on the ground level, which sets up a continuous rhythm from one building to the next. However, on the floors above, the tower departs from the main house completely, establishing its own place in the landscape.
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“Love the color palette of this project.” — Xuetao Yin
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“additions” — obrown23
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“Tsetsikama” — vancorno
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“Interesting lower level windows” — noahmorgenstern
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“Bath” — Angela Johnston Reid
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“A recessed window could be cool for a bird feeder, window box, or bird nesting box.” — clsharps
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“Like the different sized doors a lot” — kathrynbc
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“Bibliothèque bois moderne” — Sixco Métallo
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“Shelves” — artab00
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“Square window” — Michelle Li
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“Nice library and windows” — gmvblackburn
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“Lincoln logs” — loricarrick
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“Stairway” — jluhern
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“tower” — robint128
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“Box window design” — fawnyang
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“Corner window” — 21redhead
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“Simple exterior” — anand595
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“Ventanas jose luis Anaya” — hymmsa
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“Stucco colr” — Donna Becher
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“Secluded in the woods” — jak302s
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“Lightness, wood, space-feel” — Andrew Halsall
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“towel storage on end of vanity” — mastercraft0201
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“Deck into forest” — hcarrionberru
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“how it's built.” — Southern Exposure Construction Inc
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“Master br window to work above bed frame?” — Andrew Halsall
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“size and style of window” — dorapepall
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“Color” — susanjshipsky
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“tile” — papepr
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“Lighting” — lynnpkh
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“Ventana salida jose luis Anaya” — hymmsa
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“Modern building secluded in a forest of trees.” — tylervp
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“Tsetsikama.” — vancorno
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“Light organic feel, custom details.” — Andrew Halsall
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“Front” — jluhern
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“Office library” — Jennifer Ashley
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“Desk” — voxchick
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