house has nearly 100 windows, many of them here in the Great Room that
surrounds the slate courtyard. The great room has no floor above it,
allowing a sloped roof and windows to soar toward the sky and tree
canopies. The exposed beams are made of oriented flakes of wood, a
'green' material that is stronger than lumber.
Note the use of a soffit (shelf) that attenuates the perceived height of
the walls and provides an ideal location for dramatic up- and
down-lighting, as well as art. The countertops are made of concrete and