A feat of green arkitecture
Although not the most cozy looking place, Ark House brings dramatic, high-concept eco-living to the vast, rugged Montana landscape.
Tue, May 25 2010 at 8:04 AM
A majority of the green homes that I blog about, no matter how unconventional, are ones that I can imagine myself settling down in (or at least spending a night or two in). No disrespect to the architects and the client, but this isn’t quite the case with Ark House
, an uber-dramatic eco-home that’s sort of sci-fi, a touch Viking, a little bit country, and plenty biblical. Designed to be built on a remote, 100-acre parcel of land atop a windswept bluff overlooking western Montana’s Beaverhead National Forest
, Ark House is also pretty much in the middle of nowhere. So even though I wouldn’t personally want to call this desolate, Noah-approved green spaceship/barn with seafaring Scandinavian overtones my own
home, its audaciousness is still worth admiring.
The 10,200-square foot — this includes a 4,800-square foot observation deck for optimum cow-spotting — Ark House was designed by high-profile interdisciplinary design studio Axis Mundi
for a client who wanted a sustainable home that was “of its time, yet be part of the place they love — the vast ancient landscape of Montana.”
The design for this residence can been likened to the discovery of an archaic sailing vessel, beached on a mountainside, as if a great ocean receded in the ancient past.
Mmmkay. The sail-esque, steeply pitched twin roof structures define Ark House — as well as a 60-foot-long, steel and glass internal bridge — but it’s worth pointing out that the structure is also defined by several eco-features, too: it boasts near net-zero energy use due in part to a high performance building envelope; geothermal heating and cooling systems; reclaimed oak siding and beams; a three-story atrium (Noah's Ark had three decks) with a pond at the bottom; and solar panels incorporated into the roof.
I'm guessing that Ark House is animal-friendly although there's no word on exactly how many critters the structure can accommodate in the event of a global deluge. It looks like a few head of cattle could certainly fit into that atrium. What do you think of the Ark House design? Too weird or a perfect fit for Montana's "ancient" landscape?
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.