North Beach exterior

North Beach

The design brief called for a very low-impact, easy to maintain summer home that provides necessary programmatic functions with minimum distractions from the land and the view. The design response situates the structure among mature fir trees located directly between the beach and an upland meadow, with walls of glass opening out to both. Steel columns minimize visible structure from the interior, while metal-clad wall elements provide a bold form when seen from the exterior. The roof is vegetated, which filters rainwater that in turn is collected and stored for use in irrigation. Potable hot water and hydronic heating are aided by solar collectors on the roof, and PV panel s above the vegetable garden provide supplemental electricity. The home is intended for occupancy from May through October, and systems have been designed to zero out electricity use over the course of a full year.

North Beach exterior
North Beach exterior
North Beach diagram
North Beach interior
North Beach exterior
North Beach interior
North Beach floor detail
North Beach interior
North Beach interior detail
North Beach interior detail
North Beach exterior
North Beach exterior
North Beach exterior
North Beach exterior
North Beach interior
North Beach bathroom
North Beach bedroom
North Beach bedroom detail
North Beach patio
North Beach exterior
North Beach
North Beach roof

Location: Orcas Island, WA
Contractor: David Shore
Building Area: 2,400sf
Completion: 2009
Photography: Sean Airhart, Ben Benschnieder

'Best of the Year' Award – Interior Design Magazine, 2011
Honor Award – National AIA Honor Awards, 2010
Merit Award – AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, 2009