The owners engaged MMA to design a compact living unit, containing two bedrooms and living space with ample room to work remotely when needed.
Designing around the steep site and exposed site was a challenge, but ultimately became a design opportunity. The home was designed to float among the trees, using the natural slope of the site to amplify this dramatic effect. As you move further north in the home, you continue to engage the descending landscape, stretching towards the mountains.
This layout includes two bedrooms settled into the hillside, followed by the kitchen and bathroom which creates a functional core. This provides a spatial anchor for the home, while also serving as the separation between the living and private areas. This core is also the crossing point for entry traffic, where the finished plane of the cabin touches the earth.
The robust material palette was intentionally chosen due to the site’s severe natural environment, including a metal roof and high-performing triple paned windows. Cedar cladding with steel cable rails is featured both inside and out, and the exposed framing expresses the home’s dynamic relationship with the terrain.