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Lunar House is a unique living environment shaped by light and texture. The house is innovative in two ways. First, it occupies as little ground as possible. Its small footprint allows more ground surface for landscaping and water retention. Second, it is the first house in the US to use Corian, a durable and environmentally friendly material, as the exterior cladding.
Lunar House is 2,333-square-foot single-family residence, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. It is designed to maximize interaction between members of the family, yet maintain separation between activities such as working or cooking. Carefully positioned to provide views to the sky and the exterior landscapeThe double-height space of the shared spaces—living, dining, and kitchen—maintains visual continuity, while the terraces allow the activities to maintain autonomy.
Upon entering Lunar House, you get an oblique view through the house showing a portion of the volume that contains the living and dining terraces. It feels large and open and there is plenty of wall space for art work. The stairs tie all the spaces of the home together, spilling on to each terrace on one side and on the other, gliding along a long, subtly curved wall. The living and dining terraces both have high ceilings and there is an extra large picture window along the front wall that opens up the interior to the tree canopy beyond.
Progressing through the terraces and along the curved wall you end up in a large, open kitchen—the central hub of Lunar House. With views across the dining and living terraces, and outwards in 3 directions, this space feels extra large and is well ventilated. A small eating area, generous storage space, closets, washer and dryer make this a compact, convenient gateway for separating the more private bedrooms from the more public dining and living spaces. The hallway that leads to the bedrooms continues along the curved wall where windows are carefully positioned to provide views to the sky and the exterior landscape—dappling the hallway with daylight.
Both upstairs bedrooms have large windows, cross ventilation and access to an exterior balcony that is oriented towards the back and side yards. The master bedroom suite includes windows on to the back yard as well as a full walk in closet and a bathroom outfitted with double sinks and a large awning window.
Anticipating a contemporary lifestyle, the downstairs bedroom and third bathroom can alternately be used as an office suite. It has been designed such that the garage can be joined with them to become and independent and large studio/work space, accessed by a separate entry from the side yard. This arrangement allows for the live and work functions to comfortably operate side by side, without interference.
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Christopher Counts Studio is a multi-disciplinary design practice comprised of landscape architects, architects, and artists. The firm specializes in the design of public landscapes and works internationally on a wide range of projects. Christopher is an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture where he teaches graduate-level design studios. He received Bachelor of Landscape from the University of Georgia, his Masters of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.