House in House is a 1300-square-foot single-family home sited in a forest clearing along Lake Walker in Washington state. The house is designed to point to its context through a hybridization of two images—that of an existing log cabin and of the surrounding landscape.
House in House reconstructs the size and shape of the existing log cabin within an outer shell. It produces two homes for the price of one: the inner house nestled in the outer house, and a public exterior surrounding a private core. While nearly identical in shape and proportion, each house presents differing qualities to distinguish one from the other. The outer house has no program but deploys typical elements—fenestrations, siding, roofing—to look like a house, while the inner house resembles a sculpture but houses all of the functional spaces of a traditional home. The outer house is covered by an image wrapper that stretches taut over its surface. Its pattern samples the forest beyond, using photographs taken from multiple perspectives to create a camouflage graphic that merges the house with the surrounding environment.