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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“Beautiful architecture” — Christine Palmer
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“casa chica” — raulideabook
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“steel counter tops” — mach_vande
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“Yellow corner window” — zack2913
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“I like the contemporary feel and the view. ahh!! the view!!” — Emily Krusr
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“shelving” — openhausdesign
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“Wall selves” — Babu Hafiz
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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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“Fun. Different.” — lquinlivan
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“Box window design” — fawnyang
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“casa mod” — raulideabook
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“kumawu” — papcee
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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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“hickory floors” — Tom Dulmage
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“Lights and sink” — kevinteder
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“Deck into forest” — hcarrionberru
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“how it's built.” — Southern Exposure Construction Inc
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“Window” — thiathiao
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“living room color wall” — littleandpeanut
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“Bathroom light” — iamhip
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“contrasting glazed tile” — Johnson Design Group
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“Mirror size” — julieb63
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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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“Windows that come out Wire deck rails” — basketball81
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“Bibli” — Catherine Leclerc
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“Front” — jluhern
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“Chaise” — vippy
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“office” — Saul Mockus
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