HARRIS NECK, GEORGIA
The house appears to grow right out of the tidal wilderness of Georgia marshland. It is raised twenty feet above the flood plain on massive cypress columns, harvested from the swamp. This creates a rustic loggia below with a screened-in platform for watching sunsets. The walls are canted outwards to create the effect of a glass-bottomed boat and flood interior spaces with water-reflected light, while drawing the eye out to views of Harris Neck River and the sprawling wetlands of a national wildlife refuge. In plan, the house bends to the north, like a swamp creature, hovering high on its thirteen legs. Inside, the minimal lines of a modernist pavilion are combined with the Zen simplicity of a Japanese tea house. The sensual grains of the wood surfaces complement one another and create a quiet, almost meditative presence. The open living-dining area leads northwards to a sequence of private spaces, including a master suite tucked into the narrow “prow” of the house with three-sided views of Blackbeard Creek and the surrounding marsh. The south end is anchored to the flood-prone site by a three-story blockhouse of rough-faced stone that contains the main entryway and staircase, as well as a guest bedroom and kitchen.
“Walls are canted outwards to create the effect of a glass-bottomed boat.“