US Home and Architectural Trends US Home & Architectural Vol. 30/8 - Page 36

Above: A more refined version of the board-formed material on the exterior, concrete slab walls contribute to the structural integrity of the home, which is in an earthquake zone. The sculptural angled ceiling folds up and over the side stair to provide sufficient headroom. Stained concrete slabs underfoot feature hydronic in-floor heating. An entertainment hub bisects this side of the residence. 34 However, upon entering the front door, set in one of these volumes, and stepping up into the main living spaces, everything changes. The interior of the home is as contemporary as the exterior is rustic. The eye-catching central feature is the dramatic, angled ceiling. Instead of echoing the form of the gabled roof, the shape has been inverted. “The contiguous ceiling reaches down into the center of the open-plan space, much like a geometric form made from folded paper,” says Dynia. “The ceiling does not quite meet the wall planes, which gives it a floating appearance – search | save | share at an ethereal effect enhanced by lighting concealed within the small gap. “The angles have a practical purpose, too. At one corner, the ceiling plane rises to accentuate views up the mountain to the ski slopes – as if the house is inviting the landscape in. At the corner diagonally opposite, it rises to optimize natural light to the kitchen.” Hidden away in the large space above the ceiling are all the various high-tech systems and plant that keep the house running. For example, the boiler for the hydronic fluid that supplies the in-floor heating is located there.