In my last post, I wrote about footbridges leading to the front doors of architect designed homes. Concurrently, friends in California sent me photographs of their home in which the house itself bridges the river.
While homes on the ocean and lakes often have a glamorous nonchalance about them, a home on a river is rooted in purpose.
Here at the base of the Sequoia National Park architect Frank Robert designed a dramatic midcentury home that takes a holistic approach to the environment. This home celebrates the river and incorporates the river into its design. From inside the house one looks on to the river, and looks across the river at the house, and looks down through a glass floor and sees the river.
Architect Frank Robert who trained with Frank Lloyd Wright knows how to capture a location to catapult a house into the realm of magnificent. Materials for the home were taken from the area and blend into the environment. The design has a solidity to balance the power of the river and a visual lightness to keep from obstructing the resource that draws one to the site in the first place.
See more pictures and information on this home at California Architecture.