Collection by Tiffany Jow

This Light-Filled Metallic Home Embraces Its Wooded Site


A compact home’s rhythmic facade and daylight-drenched interiors create a connection to nature.

After buying property in Carrboro, North Carolina, Anantha and Leigh Aiyyer approached CUBE design + research to create a home that reflected their passions. Anantha, a professor who studies hurricanes, and his wife Leigh, a harpist, share a love of music and nature. “We carefully wove the building site into the forest,” says architect Jason W. Hart. “The result is a small home that lives big.” The single-level, 1,750-square-foot residence comprises three rectangular volumes positioned around a central entry axis. Its exterior fuses red, ribbed Galvalume metal and acid-washed zinc that evoke the surrounding trees. Wood cabinetry warms the open-plan interior, which is filled with the Aiyyers’ splendid midcentury furniture collection. Sustainable elements like geothermal heating and cooling systems keep water and energy needs low. Strategically placed windows provide natural light in every room, eliminating the need for artificial lights during the day. In the bedroom, skylights outfitted with operable blackout shades invite the couple watch the sky for hours on end.

Nestled in a forest, the residence consists of three volumes.
Topped with translucent polycarbonate roof panels, the carport and storage shed helps buffer the home from the road.
The horizontal orientation of the cement board, painted black, creates a line of vision that leads to the forest, while...
A tall gray wall, made of acid-washed zinc metal, marks the entryway and visually grounds the roof planes.
The Aiyyers’ midcentury furniture collection adds personality and color to the open-plan interior.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, complemented by a wood-burning stove from Jøtul, bring the outdoors in. “Movement throughout...
Made of stained beech wood with pulls by Mockett, the bathroom vanity was custom-designed by the architects.
In the bedroom, an IKEA bed frame and CADO wall unit are drenched with natural light during the day from the skylights...