Arranged around a square stone courtyard at the edge of a hillside forest, this house looks across to a prominent peak in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, well known as a migratory path for eagles and hawks.
Winding up through unmowed fields, the narrow drive enters a deep forest. Passing through a grove of hemlock, the visitor arrives at an exposed bedrock outcropping that extends into the square stone courtyard.
The house’s two levels of glazed timber-framed living pavilions are organized around and juxtaposed against the courtyard. This calm, powerful outdoor space is the house’s heart. It is both introduction and refuge. The more open living areas that surround the court look out to the forest, river valley and mountain beyond.