Balakrishnan Residence

How can we simplify the space of living with an indoor/outdoor experience?

Orange County, North Carolina  |  3,100 sf

The design creates a central living space within the landscape. With floor to ceiling glass either side, the room may be fully opened to the meadow for inside-outside living. This is analogous to the southern vernacular dog-trot home that allows both natural cooling and a central gathering space. The two-story home is laid on an east-west axis to maximize the benefits of passive solar throughout the year. Tall pines that surround the home inspired the vertical exterior siding. Movement through the home is choreographed to views and natural light.

Owner Interview

AIA Awards Jury Comments

 

H I G H L I G H T S

AIA NC Honor Award, 2017
George Matsumoto Prize, 2nd place, 2017
AIA Residential Tour Award, 2017
• NC Modernist Houses Modapalooza Tour, 2016
•Passive Solar Orientation and Sunlight Controls

C O L L A B O R A T O R S

McLean Building Company  |  Lynch Mykins Structural Engineers |  Summit Design & Engineering  |  Environmental Quality Control  |  Laura Moore Landscape Architect  |  Mark Herboth Photography  |  Video Production by Ormando Harris  |  LEGO architecture by Jeremy Alford