This house in the trees is currently inspiring me on a project we are working on here just north of Seattle. While, the house will be smaller and simpler, we're aiming for a similar relationship to the existing trees. Interesting, I learned from our client that here in the Pacific NW, the average house is closer to large massive trees than anywhere else in the world. So, why not embrace the trees?
Lux Park is a joint design by atelier a+d, Tom Mulica, and Mark Stoner. Entered into the Holding Patterns competition, we were awarded an honorable mention by the City of Seattle's Design Council.
The project's intent was to provide a place of summer refuge for Seattle's vitamin d deficient masses. Lux Park is perpetual summer in a bubble... a transportable design that can move from site to site, providing Seattle citizens with a much needed dose of sunshine and heat.
I've just updated the website to include the project... check it out here.
Now that the house is nearly complete... I'm starting to think about the yard. I had some ideas originally, but I think budget (and energy!) are going to force me to rethink the original design! I really like all of these images - all via flikr. If anyone knows of any other nice images of small backyards, I'd love to see them!