The Flight House by Sage Architecture is a modern mountain home in the High Sierras, California. The home is inspired by the concept of escape as well as flight, the latter of which can be recognized in the building's curving roof lines. Flight House features two arching wing-shaped structures that shelter the living room and bedroom areas, and an exterior gathering space also shields the home during hot summer days.
The two wings of the house offer very different experiences – in the main living space the large room has polished concrete floors that extend outside, while the bedroom wing rests on a piece of terrain that slopes downwards, making the building appear to step up. This part of the house culminates in a floating, three-sided glass box in the master suite and creates a treehouse experience. A third, smaller roof structure marks the entrance area and creates a soft separation between the outdoor courtyard space situated at the front, the exposed side of the home and the street beyond. All roof structures are built using glu-lam beams.
The architects decided to use a muted natural palette for the interior spaces, using wood in its naturally colored state with no tinting or stains. The floors in the elevated wing of the house are made from sustainably harvested teak. Walls and ceilings are clad in cedar, while the cabinetry is made from walnut. Light fixtures and tiles were selected and placed to emphasize the long, horizontal lines of the building.