Woody Creek Residence
From CCY Architects
Situated near a creek that flows below a steep embankment, the house sits between an open pasture and a dense Cottonwood grove. The design takes advantage of the naturally stepping site to achieve a low, reserved presence on the land. Upon entering the property, only origami-like folded planes of the roof are seen above a field. A bridge initiates the procession through the house. The procession flows through the house, cascading down from space to space, eventually finishing at an outdoor terrace by the creek’s edge. The folded planes of the roof are projected to the ceiling which ripples above the open plan.
The project focuses inward, upon the site itself, instead of craning its architectural neck towards the mountains beyond. It is an act of project discipline to emphasize the intimate, close views, and resist the prevalent mountain vistas of the area. While practical and humble, the house maintains a playful air; the folded roof, generous outdoor accommodation and the bridge reinforce this playfulness. The dynamic nature of the roof animates the building profile as one moves around the exterior. The house is not meant to be appreciated in static elevations; nor is it placed on a conspicuous pedestal, professing status. It is an artful retreat; quiet and precise.