Jacobson Residence

Located in the Palouse, near Moscow, Idaho, this 6000 square foot home provides a sense of openness and freedom that complements its environment of rolling wheat fields and expansive views.

The owners wanted lots of display space for their art collection, home office and work spaces, guest rooms for visiting family and friends, and an exercise pool. The design of this home was in response to the owners’ appreciation for clean, uncluttered lines as found in Scandinavian designs.

The house is organized around a tall, central corridor which serves as an art gallery and provides access to the central living and dining areas. This corridor also connects the two wings of the house, the west wing which contains the home office and bedrooms and the east wing which houses the pool, garage and utility areas.

The main corridor walls serve not only as art display surfaces, but also contain large doorways and high clerestory openings which allow south light to flow into the living spaces. Clerestory windows are located on the tall vertical walls allowing light to wash down between the angled roof trusses deep into the interior spaces. View of living room with built in display space. Light from the clerestory windows can be seen streaming into the room. The 60-foot lap pool is decorated with a neon art sculpture. The pool room’s glass wall, doorways and clerestory windows create a moving play of light.

The “H” shaped plan allows the home to be well organized into public and private zones. The pool wing is angled outward to broaden the view from the living and dining rooms.