Bowstring Truss House
This private residence and studio was adapted from a 5,000 sf former warehouse and auto repair shop. The space is clear spanned by a series of four bow-string trusses and exposed roof framing. The intent of the design was to maintain the vast trussed ceiling and the open floor plane, while inserting a standard residential program that the clients could live among.
The result manages both scales simultaneously: a sense of the expanse of the entire structure as well as scaled discrete living areas. A new environment; a simplified terrain between earth and sky. The functionality of the house flows lucidly. A free pattern of new skylights create a constellation of light and discrete pools of sun. At the center of the house, the groundscape and the roofscape align to form a central courtyard—a vitrine of nature, and a vessel to capture the elusive Pacific Northwest light.
Bowstring Truss House – Atrium Time Lapse Video (by Joshua Jay Elliott)
|Client||John Montague, Linda Hutchins|
|Total square ft||5,000|
|Architect||Carrie Strickland, Bill Neburka|
|General Contractor||Don Tankersley Construction|
|Structural Engineer||Froehlich Engineers|
|Civil Engineer||MGH Associates|