The Wedge House is a seemingly simple, yet efficient three-bedroom house that uses structural insulated panels and stack-effect cooling to reduce energy consumption by the house year-round. It is originally designed for a site in Phippsburg, Maine by Min | Day. More on this house after the break.
Covered with a simple shed roof, the exterior unfolds into an interior complexity that provides a dynamic range of between each of the spaces. The slanted roof allows a variety of sectional conditions to develop between the public spaces of the house, while also differentiating between areas for public and private use.
The house opens up into a spacious mud room that doubles as an airlock in cold climates. One moves through compressed spaces into the Kitchen & Dining areas that open up to a garden where views of the site may be framed. At this transition the flat ceilings give way to exposed beams giving the Living Room an unexpectedly tall, grand space.
A large skylight and interior shutter to a second floor bedroom / office provide soft light and connectivity between levels. From the central Living Room, one can continue through a blind door in the cabinetry to a Master Suite with a private outdoor garden, or up the bookcase-lined stair to two additional bedrooms and a bathroom.
The façade of the “wedge” is clad in large, corrugated panels of Ondura while the square garage is clad in corrugated translucent polycarbonate panels. A wood surface wraps certain floors, walls and ceilings to thematically separate public and private spaces as it winds its way through the house.