Imagine sitting on your rocking chair looking out over your backyard listening to the rain fall above you on a tin roof.
It’s a feeling that architect Matthew Mazzotta captured perfectly in his unique structure called ‘Cloud House’, a pergola-shaped structure that has its own rain cloud that showers down collected rainwater when you rock in the rocking chairs.
Located in the US town of Springfield, home to Missouri’s largest farmers’ market, Cloud House is a poetic counterpoint to the well-attended market.
Matthew says: “On rainy days, a gutter system collects rain that hits the roof and directs it to a storage tank underneath the house.
“Sitting in the rocking chairs triggers a pump that brings the collected rainwater up into the ‘cloud’ to drop onto the roof, producing that warm pleasant sound of rain on a tin roof. At the same time, rainwater drops from the tops of the windows onto the edible plants growing in the windowsills.
The structure illustrates the natural cycle of our most precious resource and is intended to make a comment on the multiple ways we collect and use rainwater.
It’s designed to collect and store rainwater for the ‘cloud’ to rain: “This display of the water-cycle illustrates our fragile dependence on the natural systems that grow the food we eat, and at points throughout the year when there’s low rainfall, the ‘cloud’ won’t rain on the roof because it’s simply out of water.”
Cloud House is clad with barn wood and tin reclaimed from a nearby abandoned farm by a group of Amish builders.
“With rocking chairs on a barn wood floor, the sound of rain on a tin roof, and raindrops bringing the necessary elements for plants growing in the windowsills, the look and feel is the epitome of a rural farm experience from simpler times, and creates a space to reflect on the natural processes of food production.”
Cloud House offers a meditative moment to slow down, enjoy the fresh edible plants, and listen to rain on a tin roof.