Design Award Entries

Moore House

The Moore House, a 1,780 square foot single-family hillside home, embraces the land with its simple form. Its "C" plan enhances privacy on an urban infill lot, while clerestory windows and vaulted ceilings create spaciousness. A streamlined interior palette features exposed concrete floors and pine beams, complemented by exterior cedar rain screens and a high-ceiling central porch, thoughtfully balancing indoor and outdoor living.

Project Statement

The Moore House, with its inward focused plan, seamlessly blends with the landscape and ensures privacy, while also achieving a balance between design and affordability. Designed for a family of four, the home sits on a small corner lot at the base of hill in an established and eclectic neighborhood in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The compact home reflects a collaboration that prioritized minimal, well-composed, and functional spaces. Despite challenges like a steep site and tight budget, the architecture embraces the family's lifestyle with minimalist detailing and graceful transitions from inside to outside. Inside, flooded with daylight and featuring vaulted ceilings, the home offers a spacious and serene retreat. A cohesive material palette of exposed concrete floors, laminated pine beams with white and maple cabinets adds to the tranquil atmosphere. Complemented by exterior cedar rain screen and a central tall porch, the design fosters a harmonious connection with the surrounding landscape and sky.

A simple plan and singular shed roof, wrapped in dark metal skin, serves as a backdrop to the regionally sourced cedar elements and is balanced with the bright interior. Carefully placed windows and a central porch enhance day lighting and framed views, while the cascading floor plan seamlessly integrates with its site. Fabricating the architectural design, the homeowner constructed front steps as an ode to his skill in metal fabrication and shared passion for precise detailing. The efficient building footprint incorporates flexible spaces, including an art-making niche within the open living plan. The Moore House provides its family with a modern and serene retreat in the heart of the city.