Among the trees

This renovation and expansion of an existing split-level house sits beneath the tree canopy
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The beginning and the end – A tree home, house, outdoor structure, plant, porch, tree, window, wood, black
The beginning and the end – A tree and the support beam in the home

Architect: Murray Legge ArchitecturePhotographer: Andrea CaloAbout the project: Sited on a beautifully wooded property on the western slopes of Barton Hills, this renovation and expansion of an existing split-level house engages the land by both carving into rising and out of the ground.


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A skylight merges with the soffit

A new master suite nestles half-buried into the ground alongside a stand of oak and elm trees in the center of the property. From the interior of the master bedroom, a wall of expansive glazing frames an immersive view of the trees and landscape. Tapered parallel strand columns elegantly support custom steel window frames and blend in with the background field of dark tree trunks. From the exterior, the window wall reflects the surrounding vegetation and new pool at the opposite end of the property.

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Another view of the wood-lined soffit

The second floor with bedrooms and an exterior porch rises up into the tree canopy. A glazing strategy similar to the ground floor window wall provides wide views towards the west, but with off-the-shelf window units in lieu of a custom system. Each bedroom receives light from multiple directions to create spaces with abundant natural illumination.

Sep 26, 2017
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