Architect: Jan Filllinger, AIA / STUDIO-E Architecture
Contractor: Six Degrees Construction
Photography: Mike Dean Photography
Designed for a metal artist, a software engineer, and their young daughter, the home is everything this family needs to support their active, creative lifestyle. It is a modern abode that combines environmental consciousness, playful creativity, innovative high-performance and energy-efficiency, and simple non-toxic materials conducive to health and comfort.
Repurposed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainably harvested, and durable materials
Besides the house, the property joins a large artist’s studio and workshop, a three-car garage, and several covered and open exterior work and play areas. All of the buildings were developed to incorporate as many repurposed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainably harvested, and durable materials.
30 cm thick walls, geo-thermal heating, solar energy, and continuous fresh air ventilation
This super-efficient house, with 30 cm thick walls, geo-thermal heating, solar energy, and continuous fresh air ventilation, also incorporates some of the most mundane, low-cost, industrial, or cast-off materials in imaginative ways. This resulted in beautiful combinations and innovative contrasts – such as the juxtaposition in the living room of rusted steel structural beams with hand-burnished, unpainted, natural plaster and site-harvested black oak stair slabs. Other unusual applications include the silver of zincalume sheetmetal on shower walls contrasting with black 30 cm x 60 cm porcelain tiles on adjoining surfaces.
80 year-old cedar barn wood siding was repurposed with its unaltered natural patina intact
On the outside, the 80 year-old cedar barnwood siding was repurposed with its unaltered natural patina intact, resulting in a colorful skin in which occasional day-glow graffiti, faded barn-paint, and the natural variations of the aged wood create a playful mosaic.