Located on a dramatic one-acre wooded site at the top of a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, this tranquil and surprising custom home was designed by DeForest Architects as a young family’s primary residence.
Country house – Forest Family Home, Viktoriia Shkliar’s project, FORM Bureau. The task was to create a multifunctional house with a terrace of a total area 300 square meters.
The northern end of the Forest Concrete House was designed as the culmination of the common space with a large semi-covered balcony protected from the views from the street by the local pastures and with distant views of great scenic value.
Rolling topography, open fields and woodlands comprise a 24 acre site in Rappahannock County, Virginia where this new house is located. Extensive site investigation, including erecting scaffolding at various locations, resulted in the placement of the house high on one of the hills, overlooking a meadow at the base of woodlands.
Programmatically, the Northern Lake Home is composed of two primary massings separated by a glass core. Splaying out to the lake beyond and nestled into a natural swale, the public spaces contour along the landscape blurring the distinction between its built and natural environments.
Sited on a wooded plateau overlooking a wetland and lake beyond, the Woodland House seeks to quietly integrate into the surroundings while capturing dramatic views and optimizing natural light. Organized as a single-level home, the “realms” of the program are defined by three wood clad wings that are connected by glass entry links.