This private residence investigated possible synthetic landscapes for its rural, densely wooded site. The design mediates the clients’ desire for an octagonal house and their interest in contemporary art.
An analogy was drawn between the clients’ octagonal precedent and the cross section of a tree trunk. Since the growth of a plant is directly related to the available light, the house grew in a time-based computer environment that mimicked the solar conditions of the site.
The resultant form of the pith, cambium and bark layers of the tree/house organized the planning principles of the house.