Originally established to recognize the best in housing design, the AIA Housing Awards have grown significantly over the last decade now including an energy reduction element but always and most importantly, the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource. Seattle Architect, Gary Gladwish, brought home the ‘One- and Two-Family Custom Residences‘ category award for his Structural Insulated Panel (SIPS) Eagle Ridge residential project…. a serene island retreat that brings the natural beauty of the outside…in.
Jury comments: This is one of the strongest projects we’ve seen. It uses common materials simply and is responsible to place and the client. This is such a Zen house – it does so much with so little, and it responds to the client’s wishes.
Located on Washington’s Orcas Island, the client requested an open, simple, highly efficient, low- maintenance design that emphasized and complemented nature and the forested landscape of its site.
The house consists of a combined kitchen-dining-living area, study, master suite, art studio, and storage area, with the flexibility to add bedrooms or an apartment. The project uses some of the client’s favorite materials: old wood recycled from a 100-year-old barn demolished in eastern Washington, rusty steel for the siding, and moss and rocks salvaged from the building site. Large doors slide away to open the house to the expansive views, creating a living room in the woods.
In order to make the house highly efficient, it is constructed of Premier structural insulated panels (SIPS). This advanced building method allows for faster construction time, less waste generation, tighter construction, and more effiicient insulation. More environmentally responsible features include: energy efficient windows and doors that surpass building energy codes, LED or compact fluorescent to reduce energy consumption, and siting and design of the house that maximizes passive solar benefits to reduce the energy load.
- Architect: Gary Gladwish Architecture
- Contractor: Schuchart/Dow
- Engineer: Perbix/Bykonen
- Premier SIPS Used: 1,960 Sq. Ft. of 6″ Wall Panels | 2,632 Sq. Ft of 10″ Roof Panels
- Project Photos
**photos courtesy of Will Austin Photography, Seattle based commercial photographer specializing in architectural, location & travel photography: willaustin.com