The richness of Mill Mountain’s ecology provides a distinct, multi-layered vernacular that influences design decisions. Designing in an ecologically-conscientious manner that recognizes the landscape and the architecture as a cohesive whole is our charge and is essential to the success of Mill Mountain as a place specific.
Once used as an equestrian barn and later converted to a single family home, this private residence in Baltimore County, Maryland resembled something of a late twentieth-century estate lot subdivision. Luckily, however, the site revealed its agrarian past and rural character. The design team set out to reveal and enhance the distinctive form of the home and outbuildings while restoring their integration within the landscape.
The multilayered design involved optimizing views, passive solar orientation and natural ventilation while minimizing earthwork and underground drainage. As with all of our projects, a low-impact approach was employed as we worked with the architects to lay the footprint of the house as lightly upon the slope as possible.