WOODLAND RESERVE HOUSE: PISCATAWAY, MARYLAND
Surrounded by an old growth oak forest and overlooking a ravine, the building site had to be contained within the footprint of the previously existing structure. The foundation constrained the new house to a long and narrow form. Inspired by neighboring farms and agricultural buildings, the house retains a functional simplicity, evoking a modern barn sensibility. A standing steam metal roof, large panel facing and more traditional linear boards pull color tones from the natural environment. Privacy, interior circulation and exterior views inform the plan and window locations. After entering through the more solid front façade, the spaces begin to flood with southern light and open up to the outside, visually extending the interior to the dynamic natural environment.