Preserve all of the mighty Beech trees on the site. Respond to the major trees in the development of the plan. While a large building is required, it is broken down into carefully placed smaller modules that snake through the crescent of existing mature trees on the site.
Glassy connectors on piloti link the solid building masses and allow transparency and views through the building at strategic locations. South facing portions of the connector links will allow the entire building to be punctuated with planting areas, bringing the Winter Garden concept throughout the building.
Preserve the meadow and forecourt of the Main and Carriage Houses by locating much of the building to the west. Utilize the natural grade differentials to locate the bulk of the building at lower elevations of the site. Step the building down to follow the natural site grading.
Anchor the plan with public spaces. The Lecture Hall forms a transition to the Main House and marks the public approach to the site. The Winter Garden celebrates the grand site axes as a "folie", identifies the main entrance to the building, and engages in a contemporary dialogue with the Carriage House.
Explore the use of the double helix form in arcs, serpentine railings and possible floor patterning along the main spine of the building.