At first this home, the Orchard House by Anderson Anderson Architects, didn’t really catch our eye. It looked squat and low to the ground, and had huge volumes of concrete pillars that didn’t seem to leave room for much else. But then we realized the home’s volumes were precisely what made this place so unique, and worth talking about. They say it best on their website:
“The Kinmont-Hupert Orchard House is a highly site-specific, cast concrete construction, rationally pre-fabricated through the use of a limited set of repeated, modular formwork, and standardized SIPS sandwich panel and pre-fabricated truss framing components. This approach allows a high degree of adaptability to the landscape, while keeping construction costs to a minimum. The house is a low, single story volume, wheelchair accessible throughout, built with a minimal range of materials: heated concrete slabs, raw concrete primary walls inside and out, with secondary walls and ceiling clad in white drywall on the interior, with galvanized steel on the exterior. Minimal cabinetry and millwork is manufactured of raw Douglas Fir plywood. Windows are fabricated, galvanized steel. The flat roof of the house is low, and kept well below the top limbs of the orchard.” More here. You can read about it in a the Dwell article, too.