Design I

architects, cleveland, washington, sustainability, residential design

When beginning the task of designing a sustainable home, the concept of sustainability, both physically and spiritually must be an integral program requirement. Attention to the elementary physical components, site amenities, and the dreams of the client all determine the success or failure of the design and its level of sustainable. It cannot be a process of designing a Cadillac, retrofitting it with add-ons, and then expecting it to be a Tesla. Size, shape, volume, site, orientation, views, topography, the clients dreams, only to name a few are the attributes that must be considered from the beginning.

The plan for this home is a simple rectangle with an East/West orientation. It is dimensioned utilizing a modular format based on regional construction materials and methods. The length to width proportions allow for the utilization of passive solar gain and prevailing summer breezes for heating, cooling, and vitalization. It is equipped with the most current energy efficient mechanical systems.

The user has influenced the size and relationship of the interior spaces. The open plan provides for active human interaction, the utilization of the natural worlds resources, and the stimulation of sensory perception resulting from these resources.

The juxtaposition of the interior spaces, both horizontally and vertically, with the exterior spaces provides for the interaction with the natural world one of choice and convenience, establishes a commitment to the environment that is personal and interactive, and continually lifts the human spirit.