Contemporary Bridge House, USA
According to the architects the site is fifteen acres of wooded grasslands with a ravine running through. The house a continuous twenty-two-foot wide two-storey bar, bridges the ravine from east to west. A stair leads from the driveway up to the entry court. In section, the house flip-flops: the living areas in the upper level and have continuous glass walls that look north to the hill, while the bedrooms below have continuous glass walls that look south to the contained theater of the landscape.
From above and below two contrasting experiences of the site are focused, one broad and expansive, the other defined and closed. Along the upper bridge are two open courts, one for entry, the other connecting the main house to the pool and guest house. A deck links these courts on the north, and connects to paths that lead into the landscape with walks up the hill.
Walls and roof are clad in Cor-Ten steel plate; viewed from above, the rusty bar spans the golden grass slopes. Images courtesy of Natoma Architects.