Grow Box, MERGE architects, steel facade, Massachusetts, Japanese maple trees, weathered steel, green architecture, floor to ceiling windows, courtyard, sliding doors, rainwater collection

The 1,975-square-foot house is located in Lexiton, Massachusetts, on a lot populated by over 40 different varieties of Japanese maple trees carefully cultivated by the owners. Considering its surroundings, the house is a combination of a compact volume and spaces that form decks, gardens and courtyards. The integration of interior and exterior spaces is further accentuated by providing each room with a garden and unobstructed views of the surroundings through floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Grow Box, MERGE architects, steel facade, Massachusetts, Japanese maple trees, weathered steel, green architecture, floor to ceiling windows, courtyard, sliding doors, rainwater collection

The central courtyard houses a single Himalayan birch tree and collects rainwater and melting snow. Operable windows and sliding doors provide a more direct connection with the outdoors. Weathering steel panels used as exterior cladding material further integrate the home within its lightly disturbed natural surroundings.

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