house is a study in the honest use of materials, particularly structural
materials. The exposed wood-and-steel trusses are common in commercial
architecture but rare in houses, and are almost never left exposed. Here
they are celebrated.
Even more unusual, the windows are installed outside of the wall, rather
than within the wall. The wood studs are then left exposed at the
windows, where they appear to be mullions. Because none of the studs
were cut to insert windows, no headers were required, so the windows go
right up to the ceiling.
This was especially important given the narrow site, where high windows
allow a view of the sky and tree canopies without sacrificing privacy.