Field House

Out of the ground

The design of this home aims to harmonize the natural surroundings with the built environment. Envisioning architecture not as an aestheticized object but as a synthetic landscape, this project imbeds itself in the rolling grass slopes of the open field. Wrapping green roofs camouflage the residence, allowing the structure to disappear into the landscape. The upper-level living spaces of the home opens to the panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment and down through long valleys. Outdoor living spaces wrap around the building and become contiguous with the grassy slopes. The lower level accommodates the master suite and guest bedroom, each opening out to private terraces.

Developed through an iterative design process, parts of the initial proposal unfolded on the CBC’s documentary Great Minds Design, aired in 2012.

Sustainability Features

  • Program and Spatial Optimization
  • Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of Site and Terrain
  • Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
  • Passive Solar Heating (Thermal Storage Mass)
  • Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
  • Natural Daylighting
  • High Performance Envelope Design
  • Renewable and/or Recyclable Materials and Finishes
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
  • Advanced Wood Heating Systems (ie. Contraflow Masonry Heaters)
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation
  • Low Energy Lighting & Appliances (LED, CFL lighting and Energy Star appliances)
  • Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures (low flow/ dual flush toilets)
  • Green Roof Systems

Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Michael Nettleship
  • Trevor McIvor