Capitol Hill Residence – Seattle House

Capitol Hill Residence, Seattle Residence, Washington Residential Property, USA Architecture

Capitol Hill Residence, Seattle

American Residential Development – design by Balance Associates Architects, USA

May 27, 2013

Capitol Hill Home

Design: Balance Associates Architects

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Seattle House

With a compact form and several integrated sustainable systems, the Capitol Hill Residence achieves the client’s goals to maximize the site’s views and resources while responding to its micro climate.

Capitol Hill Residence Seattle
photo : Steve Keating Photography

Some of the sustainable systems are architectural in nature. For example, the roof rainwater collects into a steel entry water feature, day light from a typical overcast Seattle sky penetrates deep into the house through a central translucent slot, and exterior mounted mechanical shades prevent excessive heat gain without sacrificing the view.

Capitol Hill Residence Seattle
photo : Steve Keating Photography

Hidden systems affect the energy consumption of the house such as the buried geothermal wells and heat pumps that aid in both heating and cooling, and a 30 panel photovoltaic system mounted on the roof feeds electricity back to the grid.

Capitol Hill Residence Seattle
photo : Steve Keating Photography

The minimal foundation sits within the footprint of the previous house, while the upper floors cantilever off the foundation as if to float above the front entry water feature and surrounding landscape. The house is divided by a sloped translucent ceiling that contains the main circulation space and stair allowing daylight deep into the core. Acrylic cantilevered treads with glazed guards and railings keep the visual appearance of the stair light and airy allowing the living and dining spaces to flow together.

Capitol Hill Residence Seattle
photo : Steve Keating Photography

While the footprint and overall form of the Capitol Hill Residence were shaped by the restrictions of the site, the architectural and mechanical systems at work define the aesthetic. Working closely with a team of engineers, landscape architects, and solar designers we were able to arrive at an elegant, environmentally sustainable home that achieves the needs of the clients, and fits within the context of the site and surrounding community.

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photos : Steve Keating Photography

Capitol Hill Residence – Building Information

Project Name: Capitol Hill Residence
Project Location: Seattle, WA
Project Year: 2011
Site Area: 4,815 square feet
House Area: 2,865 square feet
Budget: Withheld at request of home owners
Photo Credits: Steve Keating Photography
Architects: Balance Associates, Architects
Tom Lenchek AIA, Principal
Lauren Tindall Crocco, Project Architect
Kelby Riegsecker, Architect
Structural Engineers: Harriott Valentine Engineers, Inc
Mechanical Engineers: Ecotope
Geotechnical Engineers: Nelson Geotechnical Associates, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Allworth Design
Solar Consultant: Solterra Systems
General Contracto: Charter Construction

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photos : Steve Keating Photography

Materials/products used in this project:

Exterior windows and doors: Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors
Exterior: Parklex and Europlast stucco finish
Decking: Ipe
Interior floors: radiant heat concrete
Interior cabinetry: Maple
Gas Fireplace: Montigo Del Ray R-520

Capitol Hill Residence images / information from Balance Associates Architects


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