This Big Sky, Mont., house is separated into the main living area and the guest wing. The guest area is designed so that it can be shut off from the rest of the house when unoccupied and set back to a lower temperature when not in use. Additionally, the two wings of the house bend in order to capture the best views of the river and create a protected entry courtyard.
While the footprint and overall form of the Capitol Hill Residence was 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.
The stair design in the Capitol Hill Residence reinforces the concept of the central light core and makes for a dynamic entry and circulation space. Its apparent simplicity of form and material enhances the overall light and airy quality of the interior spaces.
Two fin-like, metal-clad walls rise from the crown of a hill to support this 1,400-square-foot home, which is suspended a full story above the ground. The home's top floor, which houses the kitchen, living room, dining room and an expansive deck, offers gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.
Day light from a typical overcast Seattle sky penetrates deep into the house through a central translucent slot. Exterior mounted mechanical shades prevent excessive heat gain without sacrificing the view.
This home, essentially a three-story plywood box, is suspended a full story to ensure views of Lake Michigan from the top-level living space. Its simple structure makes it quaint enough to feel like a cabin in the woods, yet its sleek, contemporary lines feel cool and current.
This living room features a plum and sage green color scheme and a minimalist approach to decor. Glass doors, windows and light-colored walls keep the space feeling bright, and a wood-burning stove adds an unexpected touch.
The open floor plan living space is flooded with light by the floor-to-ceiling glass walls that take full advantage of the beautiful Big Sky, Mont., views. Wood boards continue from the roof outside to the ceiling, which is punctuated by sleek black beams. Simple, contemporary lighting doesn't distract from the carefully chosen materials and furnishings.
To minimize the presence of the stair in the hallway the designer eliminated the need for the outer stringer. Instead, they cantilevered the tread supports from a single stringer located adjacent to the wall. The treads themselves are sandblasted acrylic mounted to a pair of tapered steel angles. The tread design allows for maximum light to pass through to the space below. Glass infill panels create the guard at both the stair rail and surrounding guards. With the use of 2 layers of laminated glass no top rail was required at the guard locations. To support the glass, steel bar stanchions span between floors levels, adding an element of continuity to the various levels of the stacked stair. High levels of precision were required during the detailing and construction process to maintain absolute alignment between 3 levels as the stairway extends from upper bridge to the basement.
Windows and sliding glass doors allow plenty of natural light in this beautiful kitchen, highlighting the crisp white cabinets and light wood walls for a bright, breezy atmosphere. Black countertops and shelves provide striking contrast in the light-hued space.
This Big Sky, Mont., house is oriented toward the best view of the river while maintaining good solar orientation for taking advantage of solar heat gain in the winter and keeping out the hot summer sun. The large roof over the living room serves to shade large areas of glass in the summer, while geothermal heat pumps and high levels of insulation help keep it warm and energy efficient in the winter.
The contemporary kitchen overlooks an open floor plan living area with dining and seating areas. For a streamlined look, built ins are set into the main wall, housing all electronics, the fireplace and shelving. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls take full advantage of the Big Sky, Mont., views.
A 30 panel photovoltaic system mounted on the roof feeds electricity back to the grid. 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.