To a homeowner, much of the site is experienced through doors and windows, particularly in the climate of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Hot, humid summers quickly become cold, unpredictable winters, with little respite between springtime rains.
Whatever the weather condition, the LEAFHouse's expansive 22'-0" wide lift-and-slide door system, thermally efficient and comprising more than half of the south facade, creates a connection between residents and the outside world. While the doors and windows root our views in the landscape, the translucent skylight connects us with the sky. It softly allows both the sun and moon to be present in the home.
This dramatic skylight acts as the spine of LEAFHouse, marks the main circulation, and also gives our "leaf" literal veins stretching out behind a translucent skin.