Our approach was to create a mythological origin for the house. We designed it to read as a group of buildings that evolved and grew slowly over the years. Consistent with this intent, we chose materials such as stone and antique heavy timbers which were carefully crafted using traditional methods. The result is an integrated ensemble of buildings, each possessing its own identity and charm. This enabled us to break down the scale of the project, and also to take advantage of the many spectacular views in all directions.
Inside the house we have borrowed freely from a variety of decorative sources, among them, Scandinavian, Russian, Biedermeier and English Victorian. Collecting and recombining these sources, and emphasizing the importance of fine craftsmanship in each of these traditions, we have expanded the palette of images and made them into a unified whole, enriching the experience of the place.