The Sutcliffe House is a compact single-family dwelling that acts as a lens to amplify the Ozark mountain landscape.
Designed for a local landscape photographer and inspired by the economy of regional vernacular forms, this secluded Ozark mountain residence captures and emphasizes views of the surrounding landscape.
To focus these views, the shell of the house projects eastward, framing the Ozarks, capturing the historic Crescent hotel in the distance, and allowing ample amount of light to filter into the space.
The plan reinforces the transparency and encourages social interaction and fluidity throughout the entire residence. The barrier between exterior and interior diminishes within the residence when the covered balcony acts as a transition space between the main living space and the natural landscape.
The materiality and form bring the project back to the vernacular by analyzing and taking from regional gambrel barns. The residence is clad in standing-seam Galvalume to underline the economy while the Shou Sugi Ban cedar speaks to the owner’s Japanese heritage. The form follows a simplified roof type to the barns found in the area.
This modern form invokes the vernacular, traditional barn familiar to the region, while focusing on the economical simplicity in this building type.
The residence is nestled within the natural boundary of the trees, elevated above the rest of the site.
1. Front Stoop
2. Master Suite
3. Back Porch
4. Kitchen/ Living/ Dining
5. Exterior Balcony
1. Viewing Balcony
2. Guest Bathroom
4. Guest Bedroom
The south elevation ties together the materiality and proportions of local gambrel barns.
The projected balcony and strong cantilevered roof figure extend the living space and reinforce the home’s focus on the views.
The linear layout creates a fluidity between public and private space. The stacked core creates a moment of transition and a buffer between the two.
KITCHEN + LIVING
The surrounding landscape acts as natural décor for the house. Stacked windows allow both levels to experience views of the Ozark Mountains.
The shell of the house dissolves at the corner welcoming natural light into the simple volume.
A concrete plinth and steel shell define a datum of warm charred cedar that wraps the main level.
The unique and low maintenance Shou Sugi Ban cedar creates a personal connection to the owner’s Japanese heritage. This brings a richness to the home that parallels the character of an aged barn.
The steel entry portal provides a welcoming projection on the flush façade, as well as a dramatic ascension into the elevated living.