By now we hope you’re all familiar with (and fans of) one of our favorite, local, living-legend-type architects. Chris Price builds homes up in the mountains of Summit Park that are both passive solar and architecturally stunning. If Chris gets his way, this will be a neighborhood known for its forward-thinking designs and extra-light carbon footprint. And we sincerely hope Chris gets his way…
Meet Chris’s latest masterpiece: Treehaus.
The site had been dubbed “unbuildable,” but Chris decided to rethink the lot’s complexities in a way that ended up shaping the architecture for the better. The steepness of the land inspired him to design a series of cubed masses that float and twist up the site, creating opportunities for a functional deck space, rooftop terraces, and a very dynamic build.
Chris and his team employed both Passiv Haus (the approach of building a super tight, highly-insulated envelope to minimize the energy needed to heat/light/live in) and Passive Solar principles (utilizing southerly exposure, and thermal mass and orientation for optimum energy efficiency). At 3,500 sq. ft., Treehaus will be a remarkable mountain refuge for anyone with a penchant for solace and views (and doesn’t mind a few stairs). “T”s are currently being crossed and “i”s dotted, but you can expect to be see more of this space in coming months.