Truss House is an 800-square-foot cabin to be built in a sage field in Kittitas County, Washington. The house draws inspiration from local barn structures and explores the possibilities of a truss as physical structure, visual form, and method of organization. In particular, the project explores the relationship between an internal truss, in this case analogous to the Queen Truss type, and exterior cladding systems.
Truss House takes elements integral to a truss’ engineering, such as the web span, and beam connection, and considers how their geometric appearance might characterize the one-story cabin. It deploys the structure of the roof, as it is defined by the truss’ shape, to distinguish three interior spaces. This sets up an outline for trusses to repeat themselves within the structure and mark the designation of interior elements such as kitchen appliances and cabinetry. A continuous shape echoes from the entrance corridor to the opposite window and extends to the view beyond.
The project also repositions the traditional board and batten cladding, shifting it from its traditional association. The framework of the cabin integrates two porches that are partially wrapped in board and batten cladding, set in intervals of 6-inch, 9-inch, and 12-inch-wide horizontal strips. Additionally, aluminum batten on the exterior walls take on a dark purple shade sourced from the sage field. The color appears to dissolve as it moves towards the sky in thin vertical strips that mimic the surrounding sage.