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Connected to Nature: A Reclaimed Wood Home in Charlotte, North Carolina

Built by green design firm William McDonough + Partners, this rustic "home in the woods" creates the feeling of being outdoors though use of natural materials and lighting.

The site for this McDonough + Partners design sits within the Charlotte city limits but has the look of a secluded retreat with its canopy of loblolly pines, which the architects worked hard to protect.
Photo By Philip Beaurline/Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press
Since the North Carolina climate allows residents to spend time outdoors nearly year-round, the house is designed to provide easy exterior access.
Photo By Philip Beaurline/Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press
The view of the surrounding woods is accentuated by large, gridded windows. Sunlight fl oods the interior during the winter, when the sun is low enough to slip beneath the exterior overhangs.
Photo By Philip Beaurline/Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press
The interior spaces sit under a vaulted roof that the architects designed to resemble a canopy of tree branches. High cabinets and freestanding walls divide the house into discrete rooms while maintaining the sense of a loftlike open space.
Photo By Philip Beaurline/Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press
The facade’s stone base is echoed in the gravel landscaping by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
Photo By Philip Beaurline/Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press
"The Green House" features a series of homes that show the diversity and possibility of sustainable design by showcasing projects in six different climatic zones—waterfront, forest and mountain, tropical, desert, suburban and urban.

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