The design of this 3,000 SF house, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, takes advantage of the steep slope of the site, stepping down in a series of terraces and decks, while partially embedding the lower level. An inverted truss roof with deep overhangs evokes the tree canopy.
The upper level incorporates the primary living and dining areas and master suite. The lower level includes a game room, study and guest room and empties out onto a terrace with a lap pool and an onsen, a traditional Japanese hot bath. With the primary views facing west down to the woodland pond, the roof’s large overhangs protect from unwanted afternoon solar penetration. The roofs also collect rainwater for irrigation. The house was completed in 2008.
Deep overhangs shield the extensive windows from the low evening rays. Structural insulated panels at the walls and roof provide excellent insulation and an air-tight enclosure. Superior Walls at the basement complete the panelized approach combining excellent thermal properties with a reduction in material waste.