Red Rocks Residence, Colchester, Vermont
The design solution for the house addition, garage and dance studio sits lightly upon the site and possesses an ethereal feeling, due in part to the use of vertical supports, bridges and viewing platforms. Taking cues from the architecture, the site design extends the lines of the architecture out into the landscape, hovering at times above the ground. An elevated step ramp constructed of steel and Ipe wood and surrounded by native plantings extends down from the front door to the auto court. On the opposite side of the house, a large lawn area bridges the rugged terrain providing a terrace for play while concealing the septic field below. Existing stone outcroppings and introduced blocks of native stone provide transitional seating between the house and lawn terrace.