|North Beach Residence, Eastsound, WA by Heliotrope Architects|
|Monday, 28 March 2011 07:29|
The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy-to-maintain, summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view. Sustainability, durability and longevity were also considered critical elements of the program.
The home is just over 2,000 square feet and includes a primary residence and two guest suites accessed from the deck outside. It is located on a northwesterly oriented beach fronting the Strait of Georgia, on a site that includes many second-growth douglas firs, a beech grove, and a grassy meadow with good solar exposure.
The combination of a matt-slab on grade and a minimized footprint provides for a minimal disturbance of existing groundwater flow, which is critical in a near-shore habitat. The roof is vegetated, which reduces storm-water runoff. Roof runoff is collected and stored in two 5,000 gallon tanks for use in irrigation and to flush toilets, further reducing stormwater runoff while also reducing potable water use. Potable hot water and hydronic heating are aided by solar collectors on the roof, and PV panels above the vegetable garden provide supplemental electricity. The home is intended for occupancy from May through October, and it is estimated that these solar systems may result in â€˜net zeroâ€™ electricity use over the course of a full year.
The project continues our series on the recipients of the 2011 AIA Housing awards. The Jury for these awards had the following comments: "Its sensitivity to the site is paramount: its orientation, the lightness with which it sits on the site, the compact nature of project, and its artful reference to vernacular typologies. Masterful footprint in siting and sustainability."
|Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2011 07:54|