The Geode HouseJul 04 2016 · 0 comments · NISHKIAN MONKS, Residential ·0
Balanced above a bend by the Gallatin River in Montana, the Geode House is a one story, single family residence located in a mature deciduous forest of oak, hickory, and birch. Designed as a Geode, the building’s façade blocks out Gallatin Canyon’s highway traffic noise to create a private retreat that the whole house can open up to. ThinkTank Design Group served as the master architect leading the design, collaborating with general contractor Highline Partners and structural engineers Nishkian Monks PLLC.
The residence is primarily stick framed with steel beam accents to help with the large roof cantilevers. Challenges included a complex geometry, cantilevered deck and roof framing, and a submergible mechanical basement due to its close proximity to the Gallatin River. The design also asked for exposed structural detailing, which required close coordination of the structural work with the architectural finishes. This 2,650 square feet (246 square meters), two-bedroom house also works like a gazebo with enclosures and terraces formed by panels of wood and glass that slip between, over, and through the frame as if meandering among the trees. Walking through the front door, the home is bright and airy with large windows facing the tree-lined riverside, high ceiling, and open floor plan that joins the kitchen, dining, and living areas. The colors of the building materials and interiors mirror the hues and textures of the surrounding river and hillside. Each room of the house looks to a different region of the site, emphasizing closeness and connection to the landscape. In addition to providing structural design for the main house, Nishkian Monks also provided structural design for the 650 square foot garage situated southwest from the main house.
The Geode House is a place of silence, reflection, and intimacy. Its design gives every space of the house a visual connection with the natural surroundings. In the winter the house sits exposed in field of black tree trunks against a floor of white snow. In the summer the house is animated by birdsong and the flowing river, and immersed in dappled light.
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Photo Credit: Dan Armstrong / Images courtesy of ThinkTank Design Group