April 24, 2015
Housing design is challenging in the North. The same natural light that northern dwellers crave in the depths of winter can be intense and glaring at other times of the year. Accumulated snow slides off roofs. Outside walls don’t always shield inside spaces from the cold. Extreme wet and dry conditions and temperature fluctuations prompt their own distinct considerations.
Designed by Anchorage architect Mike Mense, 1houseN is a pavilion on the Anchorage Museum lawn that encourages visitors to think about northern dwelling — and northern dwellings. This temporary exhibition allows visitors to enter a space that poses questions, suggests solutions and encourages dialogue. From rain gutters to insulation and roofing, 1houseN prompts us all to consider the choices we make about how we design and build for the North and its extremes.