Studio MDA

Anchorage Residence

Anchorage Residence

Residential, Alaska, 2008

Alaska | 2008

This 8,000 sf summer vacation home in Anchorage is a composition of vertical stone wall planes and horizontal metal clad roof planes, sliding past wooden volumes to create a series of axes. The central axis cuts through the house, from the road, past the large living space and family terrace, to a view of Denali Mountain (Mt. McKinley) which is North America’s highest mountain peak, and the largest mountain- from base to summit- in the world. The secondary and tertiary axes form the building circulation and designate the separation of the three building volumes; one for utility; one for sleeping and repose; and one for family togetherness. In this way, the multi-generational house is organized much like a camp; with sleeping area, or camp, separated from the central congregational area, or lodge building.