Twist House

Twist House

Barry Price Architecture


  • Square Footage: 1,625
  • Levels: 2
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1 ½
  • Carport: Has Carport
  • Office: Yes
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A play on the conventional modern shed roof form, the 1,625-square-foot Twist House accommodates a contiguous dining/living/kitchen volume, studio/library, two bedrooms, two full baths, carport and upstairs deck. The perpendicular shed roof, which twists along a diagonal hip, distinguishes the simple elongated rectangular volume. The roofline ascends from its lowest point at the entrance and carport along the one and a half-story living/dining space to cap the second story bedrooms. The shape of the roof not only gives the house its dynamic appearance, but informs the differentiated ceiling height of the interior spaces as well. The roof design also accommodates siting of the house along N-S or E-W axis, either position providing appropriate exposure for passive or active solar strategies. The Twist House provides a variety of useful spaces for living and working within an efficient and dynamic volume.The simplicity of the interior layout gains complexity from the varied ceiling heights and repetition of a simple palette of window shapes. The house uses conventional as well as high-performance framing strategies. While it incorporates slab-on-grade construction, the house includes a partial basement under the studio, for additional storage and accommodation of mechanical equipment. The Twist House provides a variety of useful spaces for living and working within an efficient and dynamic volume.


As you enter Twist House, the cathedral ceiling ascends from the left to define a one and a half story living/dining space. This common space is naturally lit throughout the day by a large-scale roof window, located to maximize winter sun. Defined by a stained and polished concrete floor surface, the open floor plan of the house rolls out before you. Moving through this space, you enter the kitchen—a flattened U-shaped plan accommodating two cooks, a continuous bank of large-scale awning windows, and a pass through provided for informal dining. Flanking the counter area of the kitchen is a bank of tall cabinets, a refrigerator and a countertop workstation. The stair and powder room are nested behind this tall cabinet wall. The kitchen provides a threshold to the private studio located at the far end of the house. All of the common spaces share access to large-scale doors and windows affording panoramic views and ample passive solar gain.

As you ascend to experience the twisted cathedral ceiling that defines the upper story of the house, the stair introduces the warmth of wood flooring. The upper hall leads to two equal sized bedrooms, in which the twisted cathedral ceiling and carefully placed window units create spatial interest; a shared full bathroom; a convenient laundry closet; and an expansive cantilevered exterior deck.


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