The Waterfall House was born from a singular idea: what if we started the design process with a quality outdoor space at the center and built the home around it? In this way we transformed the home’s relationship with the natural environment by inviting nature into the heart of the home. After we brought this central outdoor space to life with flowing water and abundant vegetation, we designed the home around it. Splitting the home in half based on use, we placed private functions on one side and public on the other. Each half was oriented to one of the two distinct mountain ranges that grace the site while allowing specific views to shape the interior space. To connect the two halves of the home, a transparent bridge floats over the central outdoor area while a cave-like tunnel is experienced beneath it.