On a wooded plot in Arkansas, the architecture firm Silo AR+D erected a radiant live-work home that announces its nocturnal presence by projecting colored light from concealed LED fixtures. The home's tone can be manipulated and controlled via smartphone.
The glowing home defines its environment as much as it responds to it. Its T-shape reduces the size of its footprint, thus sparing two timeworn trees and minimizing foundation costs - a real concern when building on Arkansas's notoriously unstable soil.
Though the light show is its most dazzling feature, the single-family home is also an inspiring example of smart, affordable housing. Drawing upon a slightly-revised model for low-cost family houses Silo AR&D designed in Cleveland, the cost of construction came in at $154,000.
Envisioned as a live-work home, the architects allocated the groundfloor for work functions and placed most living spaces upstairs.
The cantilevered upper level is intended primarily as the sleeping and living space.
A balcony makes the most of the home's sloping site, offering views of the nearby forest and even faraway mountains.