Tucked into a dense forest, the MO House takes on a dynamic, site-specific shape that branches out between tree openings. Combining complex geometry with simple forms, Madrid-based architecture firm FRPO sought to minimize the home's impact on the existing landscape. Branching out into 24 interconnected rectangular boxes, the MO House weaves through the trees to create a rich spatial experience.
FRPO architects designed the site-specific structure by dividing the form of a conventional house into its component rectangular parts. After determining the number and sizes of each room, they then carefully mapped out the position of each room to create a continuous mass that minimized disturbance on the landscape.
To create a lightweight system that offered high insulation, the architects constructed each pod with thick, cross-laminated wood panels. Using wood rather than conventional steel and concrete allowed the architects to install a lighter foundation that was less damaging to the surrounding root systems. Nestled beneath the tree branches, the continuous wooden form completed a look that the architects nicknamed “wood in the woods.”
The wood motif continues on into the interior of the house. White-painted timber panels cover the walls and finished wooden furniture punctuates each room. Differently sized windows offer glimpses into the outdoor landscape. A spiral staircase leads to an upstairs study in the single rectangular unit with a double ceiling.