The 16-acre plot in the Berkshires included a steep slope enveloped in trees. Rather than disrupting the natural topography, the Red Rock House embraces the site's obstacles and utilizes them as inspiration for the home's design. The property sits on a plateau created by a 200-foot retaining wall and is comprised of three zones — house, guesthouse, and garden. The buildings are connected by a bluestone path that leads to a platform cantilevering off the hillside and over the creek below. Clad in western red cedar, the two volumes and their boxy forms share a minimalist appearance creating a contemporary complement to the surrounding nature. Their interiors share the same simplified aesthetic, allowing the treetops to be the focus from the expansive panels of glazing.
Photos: Jane Messinger / Anmahian Winton Architects