There are few things more soothing than the gentle patter of rain drops falling on a tin roof—at least, that’s what designer Matthew Mazzotta had in mind when he dreamed up the Cloud House.
Built from old barn materials reclaimed from an abandoned Amish farm, the Cloud house is topped by one notable non-farm-sourced addition: a fluffy fake cloud.
Almost cartoon-like in appearance, the cloud sits atop the rustic wood structure like bizarre vintage sign whose paint as been washed away. But when a visitor takes a load off to sit in one of the building’s two rocking chairs, they trigger a hidden pump system. Within moments, the cloud is weeping down collected rainwater onto the tin roof below with musical verve. It’s charming.
The pavilion was built not just as a shelter, but as a physical and auditory reminder of the natural water cycle. When it actually rains at the Cloud House, he water runs down its metal roof and into a buried cistern where it’s stored until someone activates a rocking chair. The recycled rainwater trickles down from the fake cloud to water edible plants in the windows and around the structure.
“I really like this quote from the farm equipment association,” says designer Matthew Mazzotta, “‘Despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a 6-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.’”