Passive solar cabin embraces a dramatic Washington landscape

June 27, 2018 by  
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Seattle-based design firm Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects designed the Lot 6 Cabin, a charming retreat with mid-century modern influences in Winthrop, Washington. Set at the base of a dramatic, steep slope and surrounded by a pine forest, the cabin was built for a pair of outdoor enthusiasts who wanted a holiday home that offered a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience. The low-slung dwelling was also designed for energy efficiency and features a super-insulated envelope informed by passive solar strategies. The 1,100-square-foot Lot 6 Cabin consists of two perpendicular “bars.” One volume, which extends toward the slope, contains the kitchen, living area, dining space, utility room and garage . The other volume reaches out toward the meadow and comprises the bedroom, a bathroom and a “flex” room that can be used as a guest room or office. The glass-wall hallway and main entrance connects the two volumes. “Cladding remains consistent from exterior to interior in order to more clearly distinguish the bars as separate volumes, drawn together yet held apart like magnets at the glassed-in void of the hall,” the architects explained. “Each bar has a distinct ‘slope side’ and ‘meadow side’ materiality. At slope-facing walls, a standing seam metal roof appears to bend and continue as a wall; its inner faces are lined with sanded plywood panels. Horizontal shiplap siding clads the exterior side of meadow-facing walls, with simple, painted drywall at the interior.” To blur the line between indoors and out, the architects installed large glazed openings, a spacious deck and a semi-enclosed outdoor room that shares a double-sided fireplace with the interior living room. The home’s low, horizontal mass and use of dark materials help recede the building into the landscape. To reduce energy use, Lot 6 Cabin is equipped with on-demand propane water heating as well as in-floor radiant heat . + Prentiss Balance Wickline Architects Images by Eirik Johnson

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On the Road with Urban Green at Winthrop University

September 15, 2011 by  
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Graphic by Chambers Design , Photo Courtesy of smart usa Big surprises can come in little packages – and that’s what I found when I visited Winthrop University during my book tour stop at the school. The campus is located just south of Charlotte, NC in the town of Rock Hill, SC . The school has the feel of a academic oasis where you can park your car and … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Supermarket Sausage Ad Banned as Misleading: Not Shocking Enough (Video)

September 15, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Tesco Often, when we hear of censorship of film, it’s because the footage is too shocking or disturbing. Not so in the case of UK supermarket Tesco’s sausage ad. It’s found itself banned by the country’s Advertising Standards Authority because, basically, it wasn’t shocking enough. Apparently the pigs that end up in the company’s bangers are not raised in quite as happy conditions as the image above would suggest…… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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