Light Wood Lined Alcoves Highlight Various Spaces On The Otherwise Dark Wood Exterior Of This Home

A modern home with burnt wood siding and alcoves lined with contrasting light wood.

Sanders Pace Architecture has designed the ‘Short Mountain House’ which lies on a ridge in Maryville, Tennessee, and has panoramic views to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A modern home with burnt wood siding and alcoves lined with contrasting light wood.

The home, designed for a couple with an extended out-of-town family, is divided into three distinct pavilions, and integrated into the exterior facade are wood-lined alcoves inspired by Japanese ‘engawa‘ spaces.

A modern home with burnt wood siding and alcoves lined with contrasting light wood.

Engawa spaces are covered strips of decking, often finished in wood, that run along the periphery of the house and act as a transition between the house and the garden.

A modern home with burnt wood siding and alcoves lined with contrasting light wood.

The two contrasting wood sidings are Accoya, which has a brushed shou sugi ban finish, while the secondary lighter wood is used for the ‘engawa’ spaces.

A modern home with burnt wood siding and alcoves lined with contrasting light wood.

Inside the home, large floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of the trees and create an abundance of natural light for the hallways.

A modern hallway with large floor to ceiling windows that frame views of the trees, and create an abundance of natural light for the hallways.A modern hallway with large floor to ceiling windows that frame views of the trees, and create an abundance of natural light for the hallways.

The open-plan living room and dining area have a vaulted ceiling, making the space feel larger.

An open plan living room and dining area that has a vaulted ceiling, making the space feel larger.An open plan living room and dining area that has a vaulted ceiling, making the space feel larger.

Another hallway connects the social areas of the home to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

A modern hallway with light wood flooring.

In one of the bedrooms, a sliding glass door opens to a private outdoor space.

This bedroom has a sliding glass door that opens to a private outdoor space.

The bathroom interior also takes cues from Japanese design, with the inclusion of a deep wood soaking tub.

A modern bathroom with a wood Japanese soaking tub.A modern bathroom with a wood Japanese soaking tub.

Here’s a look at the floor plan of the home that shows how it’s been divided into three pavilions connected by hallways.

The floor plan of a modern home with hallways that connect the various areas of the interior.

Photography: Keith Isaacs Photo | Architect: Sanders Pace Architecture | Project Team: Brandon F. Pace, FAIA (Principal-in-Charge), John L. Sanders, FAIA, Michael A. Davis, AIA, Cameron S. Bolin | General Contractor: Richardson Construction | Consultants: Haines Structural Group (Structural), Overhill Gardens (Landscape), PerfectWater (Rainwater Harvesting)

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