Capitol Hill – Balance Associates Architects
Capitol Hill by Balance Associates Architects:
“With a compact form and several integrated sustainable systems, the 2,865 sf Capitol Hill Residence achieves the clients goals to maximize the sites views and resources though responding to its micro climate. Some of the sustainable systems are architectural in flora and fauna. For example, the roof rainwater collects into a steel right of entry water feature, hours of morning buoyant from a typical overcast Seattle manner penetrates deep into the habitat through a central translucent slot, and exterior mounted mechanical shades prevent excessive heat attain without sacrificing the view. Hidden systems sham the cartoon consumption of the dwelling such as the buried geothermal wells and heat pumps that aid in both heating and cooling, and a 30 panel photovoltaic system mounted going in bank account to for the roof feeds electricity support to the grid.
The minimal inauguration sits within the footprint of the previous residence, while the upper floors cantilever off the establishment as if to float above the stomach entre water feature and surrounding landscape. The dwelling is at odds by a sloped translucent ceiling that contains the main circulation aerate and stair allowing day deep into the core. Acrylic cantilevered treads considering glazed guards and railings part the visual impression of the stair well-ventilated and airy allowing the perky 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 undertaking expand the aesthetic. Working in opposition to taking into consideration a team of engineers, landscape architects, and solar designers we were clever to the front at an elegant, environmentally sustainable home that achieves the needs of the clients, and fits within the context of the site and surrounding community.”
Photographer by Steve Keating