Playful, artistic, High Performance House
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.
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 the buildings were developed to incorporate as many repurposed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainably harvested, and durable materials.
This super-efficient house, with 12” thick walls, geo-thermal heat, 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 12”x24” porcelain tiles on adjoining surfaces. On the outside 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.
Published in Casa Naturale Magazine, “Materiali Efficienti e Recuperati.” Click to Download PDF
Published in Eugene Magazine, “Embracing Nature and Artistry” Click to Download PDF
Published in GreenSource Magazine, “All Natural: A House exemplifies passive strategies and embraces non-toxic materials” Click to View the article
Published in the Eugene Register Guard, “Boxy House with the Whole Package.” Click to Download PDF
Published in Oregon Home Magazine, “Living Essentials.” Click to View the article