Meadow Home / Waechter Structure
Textual content description offered by the architects. The Meadow Home is a brand new, 2,000-square-foot non-public residence within the Faculty Hill district of Eugene, a number of miles Southwest of the College of Oregon. The home takes its title from Madison Meadow, a panorama protect and group park which lies on the coronary heart of a neighborhood composed of modest single-family properties.
The household sought to create a residence adjoining to the meadow whereas honoring its character and larger worth as a useful resource for all the group. On the similar time, they sought to carry their methods of dwelling into nearer dialogue with the encompassing neighborhood and the easy great thing about its signature panorama.
A “Meadow Inside a Meadow”—From above, the home reads as a sequence of frames: the perimeter of the residential block, the outer boundary of the meadow, the easy rectilinear type of the home tucked into its northeast nook, and inside, a central clearing that recollects the unique protect. This courtyard retains the identical pure character and vegetation as the encompassing panorama and organizes the various features and dwelling areas throughout the residence.
The one-level massing of the home is damaged into 4 smaller pavilions. A freestanding storage and workshop quantity anchors the northwest nook, and a kitchen quantity is situated to the northeast alongside the road. To the south, a bed room suite and master bedroom are sited between the courtyard and the open meadow. 4 terraces, two open and two enclosed glass window partitions, maintain the first dwelling areas of the home and supply an all-season connection to the panorama.
Elemental Kind and Building—The partitions of the 4 pavilions, the sloped roof, and the deep-set soffits of the Meadow Home are totally clad in ‘bonderized’ metal, which can climate naturally with out further paints or finishes. The home reads as a single mass carved and sculpted to create the coated terraces, courtyard and first dwelling areas. This strategy additionally dramatically reduces the necessity for extra supplies or future upkeep. Its sturdy resistance to corrosion and water harm additionally permits the inward-sloping roofs to gather rainwater immediately into the central backyard. Total, each design choice and materials choice was made with an eye fixed for financial system, sturdiness, and conservation.
Vitality and Connection—The straightforward types and palette of the home permit the wild vitality of the meadow and the change of seasons to outline the first expertise of place.
Simply as pathways and locations of repose have discovered a house within the Meadow, the home seeks that very same sense of connection, not as an imitation, however as a mediator that may heighten consciousness and reverence for all that it affords.
Belonging each to the community of neighborhood streets and homes and equally to the meadow itself, it’s hoped that the Meadow Home will probably be a gathering place that may assist to construct a stronger group and stewardship of this unusual treasure and irreplaceable useful resource.