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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Materials/products used in this project:
Exterior windows and doors: Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors
Exterior: Parklex and Europlast stucco finish
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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