Delightfully surprising green-roofed island home cascades down a rocky slope

June 25, 2018 by  
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Anchored to a pine-studded slope, the Bailer Hill house is designed to evoke a natural rock outcropping. Seattle-based Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects completed this cascading stack of timber-clad boxes in the San Juan Islands for a retired couple who wanted to feel at one with the surroundings. Faced with glazed sliding doors and topped with feathery green roof patios, the home blends in with the landscape and embraces it through panoramic views. Inspired by Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects’ previous projects, the clients sought out the firm to help replace the existing converted garage on their San Juan Islands property with a “delightfully surprising” home. The clients worked closely with the architects in a highly collaborative process that led to an unconventional and site-sensitive design carefully sited to mitigate the steep slope and to capture the incredible views. The 3,228-square-foot home, which is spread out across four levels, comprises an open living area, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor that is also linked to a reading room and rear office. The master suite is located on the basement level, while the guest room and studio are placed in the upper two volumes. “Looking out over expansive water views, this house is the expression of the clients’ desire to connect to both the immediate landscape and the view beyond,” the architects explained. “Cascading organically down the hill, the house remains firmly rooted to the earth even as it rises high above the ground. It is a complex form with a simple goal: capturing the beauty of this spectacular site.” Related: Green-roofed vacation home embraces old-growth trees in the San Juan Islands The stacked formation allowed the architects to create a series of grass-roofed patios accessible from large lift-slide doors. Each volume is carefully rotated to capture select views. Natural light pours into the interior through these large doors as well as through the clusters of small rectangular windows. + Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects Images by Eirik Johnson

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Eagle Ridge Residence is a Low-Impact Home on Orcas Island

May 29, 2013 by  
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Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly

May 29, 2013 by  
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Flying cars aren’t quite ready to take to the roads (or in the skies) just yet, but a new remote-controlled car brings them one step closer to reality. The B RC Hybrid Car-Helicopter starts off scooting down the road, then lifts off into the air with the flick of a switch. The B transitions from air to ground seamlessly, providing possible inspiration for future vehicle design. Click through to see a video of the mini flying car in action. Read the rest of Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: b RC hybrid car-helicopter , eco design , flying car , green design , remote control flying car , sustainable design        

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Green-Roofed Washington Weaving Studio is a Daylit Dream

March 22, 2011 by  
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