The Grow Box residence occupies the perfect spot on a plot to allow the surrounding Japanese maple trees to thrive. MERGE architects designed the house for an MIT University professor, his wife and their young son as a cozy, elegant home that blurs the line between interior and exterior. Clad in weathering steel, the eye-catching home blends well with its environment.
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.
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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Photos by John Horner