2010 / Concrete, douglas fir, cedar, walnut, steel, glass

23.2 is a house for a family built on an hourglass shaped rural acreage defined by two masses of forest that form two distinct “outdoor rooms”. The house is sited at the gap of the two environments meeting. The project began, as a point of departure, with a depository of reclaimed, century old Douglas Fir beams.

The beams were each milled of a single tree, and consequently were of different lengths and cross sectional dimensions—some as long as 20m, some as deep as 1m. The project regards the beams as archaeological artifacts resulting from the social and ecological history of the region. As such, they were not milled, cut, or finished. Because the beams were of different lengths and sizes, a free triangular geometry was developed to accommodate the varying dimensions of the members, stitching them together to create a roof form draped over the site.

Photography by Nic Lehoux