RAVINE RESIDENCE | BNIM

 

AWARDS
AIA KANSAS CITY DESIGN AWARDS /  ARCHITECTURE|SMALL_MERIT AWARD / 2017
AIA IOWA DESIGN AWARDS / EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN_HONOR AWARD / 2017
AIA CENTRAL STATES DESIGN AWARDS / EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE_MERIT AWARD / 2017

 
 

THE PROJECT

DESIGN ARCHITECT                     
   
 BNIM
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
   
SAUL ENGINEERING
LOCATION             
    RURAL IOWA
SQUARE FOOTAGE
    8,795 SF
OPENED
    2016  
PHOTOGRAPHY
    KELLY CALLEWAERT / BNIM
                               

 

THE STORY

Located on acreage in rural Iowa, the Ravine House draws its inspiration from the topography and vegetation of its forested site to create an experience of living within the landscape. Its primary gesture, a transparent social space elevated in the tree canopy, bridges the ravine below, preserving this natural site feature and creating a strong datum that accentuates the topography. This social space serves as the core of the house, connecting the entry sequence on the west to the bedrooms on the opposite bank.

As the house wraps through the undulating site, it presents a collection of carefully curated experiences. Axial views intersect layers of nature and light, glass and wood. Crisp edges frame views of the house beyond, set against a backdrop of tree and sky. Fleeting reflections and expansive vistas blur the boundaries between interior and exterior. Rigorous detailing and a restrained material palette create a taught canvas for the play of light and shadow throughout the course of days and seasons. Through these experiences, a family engages in a mutable dialog between house and site.

 

FULL PROJECT GALLERY

 

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