Quality materials and architecture are best perceived after some time has passed. Wood acquires a unique patina—a gift imparted to it by nature. The rawness of concrete is softened by the moss that covers it. The gradually oxidizing natural high-strength steel roof, covered with greenery, increasingly blends in with its surroundings. Birds nest in the garden, rodents burrow into the ground, and the house becomes one with nature. With every passing year, the tension between soft and harsh surfaces become more apparent.
Sustainable living means returning to what nature offers us. When a house is set into a hillside, it doesn’t need air-conditioning. A pleasant temperature no matter the season is ensured by the earth that hugs the back wall. The green roof prevents overheating and makes sure that the house blends into the landscape. Specially designed wooden blinds, which James Cutler has used in previous projects, allow a soft light to infuse the interior when they are completely drawn. Since they will be placed on the exterior sides of the windows, the extreme heat from the sun’s rays won’t penetrate into the house.