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Moreland Hills, Ohio

Wind & Water, An Organic Modern Home

George Clemens’ interpretation of nature on a high bluff overlooking the Chagrin River, this unique home undulates in slow waves, shaping each space within and giving the copper roofline its organic form.



Although the site, orientation, and landscape always influence our new home designs, the natural surroundings of our Wind & Water Project define its organic, modernist form. Located on a bluff overlooking the Chagrin River, the wind blowing through the long grass sparked a floor plan consisting of a series of curving walls, which define different zones of living and ultimately open to the incredible valley views. An undulating roof structure over each space slopes from northern clerestory windows, creating a gentle wave  pattern evident throughout the interior ceilings. This motion of water references not only the river below, but the movement of water that has shaped the topography of Northeastern Ohio’s scenic river valleys over millennia. Outside, a playful Casita overlooks the infinity pool and its long river valley views.

Builder: Paglia Homes
Interior Design:
Ingrid Porter Interiors

The Challenge

This new home was situated on a 90-foot-high bluff overlooking the Chagrin River Valley, and the cliff face was quickly eroding due to pressure from the river below. The hillside was completely reengineered by the Nicholson Construction Company with a girdle of ground anchors drilled deep into the slope. The regrading and reinforcing work was completed by Independence Excavating.

First Floor Tour

First Floor Tour

The undulating roofing creates a dynamic, flowing sense of space in the rooms below. Soft arcs that are found in the overall structure can be found throughout the interior of the home as well. The doors, windows, and even the wine rack all have elements of the main theme: a gentle wave of Wind & Water.

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