Project DescriptionThe Hillsden residence sits at the base of the Wasatch Mountain Range, in Holladay, Utah, twenty minutes southeast of Salt Lake City in an historic farm and pasture community.
The home, which replaced a 1940s structure on a wooded site, was designed for a couple and their three young children, providing a refuge in a natural environment in which to raise their family.
Exploring design ideas with the clients, the design team proposed three simple gables that recall the farmhouse forms of the original house but in an abstracted simple expression. Cedar clad roof, clipped eaves, linear brick, and sustainable cedar rain-screen siding combine to reflect a collective tradition of agrarian structures still standing in the area. The courtyard, which recalls Japanese gardens, allows daylight, breezes, and activity to flow seamlessly from inside to outside.
The existing tree canopy and vegetation on the site preserve the natural look and feel of the landscape. Mature evergreens and shrubs line the perimeter of the property, screening views into the site while allowing views from the property to the peaks of majestic Mt. Olympus beyond.
A bedroom suite opens to a trellised southeast facing patio and private side yard. An operable skylight at the center of the house provides direct sunlight and allows passive ventilation to rise through the space.
For this couple, having a bright, quiet retreat in this wooded site with both contained courtyard places to play and a larger natural landscape to explore creates a unique backdrop to create the story of their family.