PAR designed M House as a minimalist form with maximum access to its surroundings. The 60ft-long residence appears partially buried in the hillside and employs several design strategies to bring the outside in. Multiple terraces draw occupants out of traditional living spaces, while interior gardens bring native greenery inside. Large apertures create a sense of openness in the otherwise compact floor plan and a horizontal circulation axis along the south-facing facade complicates the transitional zone between interior and exterior.
M House’s bar-like form sits on a stone plinth and aligns with the natural topography. Environmental and economic concerns with regard to minimizing grading, excavation, and retention walls strongly informed the specific siting and building footprint. Sustainable site strategies such as solar orientation, solar power, natural cross ventilation, water reclamation, and indigenous landscaping also served as primary design considerations.