Neal Prince Architects
Project name: Top Ridge — Observatory
Project location: Sunset, S.C.
Square footage (finished): 9,895 (entire home)
The observatory provides a clear, framed view northwest across Lake Keowee and to the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. The tower, housing the observatory on the third floor, is the hinge-point for the home as it wraps around the point of a broad peninsula. Offering 180-degree views, a bar, a bath and access to auxiliary spaces, the observatory is a place for the family to get away, relax and entertain at a small scale. The octagonal shape of the space suggests a furniture layout that promotes conversation and interaction between family members and guests.