hearth house

w/ mark peterson, ben smith, amy su,
alissa chastain, jt keeley @ ysoa
[winning vlock building project entry]

This home is centered around the hearth; it is a reinterpretation of the traditional saltbox house of New England that was built off of a central fireplace. Here, the hearth is re-contextualized as a packed utility wall centered on a double-height space. This space connects the kitchen, the social heart of the space, to a unique nook space above. The design allows for efficient use of space which moves in and out of the solid linear wall element that runs through the house. A custom kitchen cabinetry piece runs between the kitchen and the stair, reaching through the double-height space to collect light and serve as a central element to organize the house.