A House Among and Within the Loblolly Pines

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 Loblolly House – Kieran Timberlake

Location: Taylors Island, Maryland, USA Built area:    2,200 sq ft  (204 m2) Named after the tall pines that characterize its site on the Chesapeake Bay, this home “seeks to deeply fuse the natural elements of this barrier island to architectural form.”

A House Among and Within the Trees
A House Among and Within the Trees

Positioned between a dense grove of loblolly pines and a lush foreground of saltmeadow cordgrass and the bay, the architecture is formed about and within the elements of trees, tall grasses, the sea, the horizon, the sky and the western sun that define the place of the house. With the aim of being visually harmonious with the environment, the east wall was made “with the abstraction of solid and void rendered in the staggered vertical board rain screen siding, sometimes positioned over solid wall and sometimes lapping over glazing to evoke the solids and voids of the forest wall.” The house was built entirely of off-site fabricated elements and ready-made components, assembled from the platform up in less than six weeks.

“The assembly process began with off-site fabricated floor and ceiling panels, termed “smart cartridges.” They distribute radiant heating, hot and cold water, waste water, ventilation, and electricity through the house. Fully integrated bathroom and mechanical room modules were lifted into position. Exterior wall panels containing structure, insulation, windows, interior finishes and the exterior wood rain screen complete the cladding. The west wall is an adjustable glazed system with two layers: interior accordion-style folding glass doors and exterior polycarbonate-clad hangar doors that provide an adjustable awning as well as weather and storm protection.”

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