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Sun/Rain House

One-Family House, Spring Mills, Pennsylvania

This residence is located on a south-facing meadow situated in a quintessential Central Pennsylvania landscape: a fecund valley between parallel Appalachian mountain ridges with transverse valleys carved by eons of erosion. This is a landscape created by the forces of the earth and the sky.

The roof is sculpted to gather the rainfall much like the mountains that are carved by the crosscutting rivers of rain that connect parallel valley to valley. The formal entry is marked on the taut north facade by the rain cascading from the roof scupper to a vessel below. The south facade is a transparent window/wall offering sweeping panoramas of the valleys and ridges beyond.