When viewed from the center, it allows for four distinctive sight lines, which offering four varied and unique perspectives to the environments beyond. As the season’s progress and change, so do the experiences of outlook and use making this a very adaptive environment.
I would like to suggest that an intimate and direct relationship with the landscape at the heart of a home draws the eye, shifting the emphasis from materialism to a more natural expression of individuality; nature.
In typical volume housing, landscaping is so often an afterthought that results in a clear distinction between outside and in. In most circumstances, it leaves no options for the occupant but to use their spaces in a singular, segregated fashion.
By nature of its layout, the Crossroad House intertwines directly with landscaping, treating it with the same level of respect and importance as its internal circulation. In many regards, the design becomes about the whole site, not just the interior spaces.
The creation of a home can be a sensory experience if the layout allows for it. This is the beauty of the integrated solar passive design. It might be the breeze that is captured from all four extremities of the crossroad form or the guided view that frames the outside. It might be the acute awareness of rustling leaves curiously close or the filtered flecks of dappled light that reflect into the public seating spaces. These elements together enhance levels of relaxation, invigorating our daily lives.