As good green home design goes, everything starts with the site. The house is tucked behind a small rise on the property, which protects it from winter winds. The project’s orientation maximizes exposure to the northern winter sun but reduces exposure to the summer sun on the west and east sides. The form of the house mimics a simple barn – down to the square windows covered by rolling shutter doors and the butt wood siding. A couple of steel and glass cubes at the front and rear set the cue for a more much more dramatic interior.