Location: Columbia, Missouri
The owners of this new residence commissioned DRAW to develop a multi-level home that took full advantage of their wooded site on the outskirts of Columbia, MO. After researching the site, a “dogtrot” (open air passageway) scheme was proposed. Based on a traditional rural building form, the dogtrot connects the open spaces on the approach side of the house with the open spaces addressing the backyard and woods, encouraging occupants and visitors to directly experience the dramatic landscape. The informal flow of living, cooking, dining and sleeping spaces directly responds to the rolling site, resulting in a variety of unique, daylit rooms. Clad in wood and metal, the form and experience of the home is the result of deep interaction with the homeowners, and careful study of the site.