Two concrete walls cradle a fir plywood box and allow it to cantilever over the hillside, reducing effective site disturbance. Elevating the cabin allowed for unobstructed views downslope and to the mountains beyond, transforming a modest living space from an ordinary room to a viewing platform that extends from inside to out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The homeowners love to entertain, so the house is designed to create an open and casual atmosphere with a strong connection to the outdoors. The home 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. With such an extreme climate in Big Sky, Mont., the house is specifically designed to withstand both sides of the temperature spectrum.
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.
The open floor plan of the home reflects the homeowners' love of entertaining. Comfortable, contemporary furniture creates a cozy seating area for relaxing or gathering, while the sleek dining room beyond features a rustic wood table paired with simple chairs and a dangling pendant chandelier. Glass outer walls seamlessly blend the indoors and out, taking full advantage of the stunning views of Big Sky, Mont.