- Caroline Kurze
Developed by Berry Chen Architects, the ‘Edgeland House’ is is a modern re‐interpretation of one of the oldest housing typologies in North America, the Pit House. Typically sunken, it takes advantage of the earth’s mass to maintain thermal comfort throughout the year. It’s gaining benefits from the earth’s mass to help it stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Both visually and functionally, Edgeland House touches on architecture as site‐specific installation art and as an extension of the landscape. The program is broken up into two separate pavilions, for the living and sleeping quarters, and requires direct contact with the outside elements to pass from one to the other. This project sets new standards for sustainability while providing great aesthetic qualities through its small footprint and integrated mechanical features.