Three locally known land formations can be seen from the site of Moose Rd House: “Eagle Rock”, a mountain ridge, and the valley of vineyards below. Designed by Mork-Ulnes Architects the main challenge was to frame all three separate views while at the same time, preserving each existing oak tree on site.
Located in Ukiah, California, the three fingers extend precisely in between the existing trees, each oriented toward a land formation. The house was constructed on steel stilts to avoid severing tree roots. To cut cost as well as meet sustainability goals of the clients, the building was designed using standard sized, off the shelf sheet-goods – unfinished plywood to minimise waste. The building was accomplished with a tiny budget by California standards at under $190 per square foot. Free of embellishment and decoration the architecture responds to the environment by capturing the views in a purist calming setting.