Culver City, CA
The design of this house respects the innate flow of nature with the vast and beautiful locale as a backdrop. The residence is nestled in a slowly rising hill on the outskirts of Casper, Wyoming. The one story house is long and low and co-exists harmoniously with the arid landscape that surrounds it. It is oriented to address strong prevailing winds. The low profile of the house slopes up and away from the hill behind it to allow these winds to blow over in an aerodynamic manner. The primary rooms are positioned to have sweeping views to the hills and the town in the distance.
In order to shield the house further from the wind concrete walls were used. The solidity of the walls protects the southerly facades from buffeting 100 mile per hour winter winds, and in addition, provides great thermal mass helping to reduce the heat load of the house. The concrete walls are left exposed to a ten-foot high datum above which redwood in horizontal bands rises to meet the roofs. The concrete and wood articulation is expressed on both the exterior and the interior.
The house is designed for a family of four with two distinct wings. The eastern wing of the house contains the bedrooms and the western wing the public living spaces. The breakfast room and the playroom create a well-balanced junction for the two wings.
The overall structure fortifies the interior living space from the harsh setting, yet there is an exchange between the interior and exterior, mirroring the essence of each another. The interior, with its ample and dynamic windows and skylights, supports the majesty of nature’s abundant light, especially in this hillside region. The juxtaposition of wood with concrete and steel serves to recognize the balance between nature and man, between environment and modern shelter without compromise.