Platinum House: An Environmentally Friendly House with Enjoyable Unique Views

Located in Washington, Platinum House is an environmentally friendly house designed by Coates Design Architects. This house is surrounded by enjoyable unique views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and Mount Baker.

Site

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It is a magnificent home where you can enjoy stunning views of mountains. It is also the first LEED Platinum-certified residence in Washington.

The existing structure of the site was taken apart and recycled carefully, diverting more than 90% of it effectively from the landfill. Detailed lists of framing and sheathing were created by subcontractors before the construction. On the other hand, as for the construction, machinery like the ones on this new marketplace can be used in order to boost up the process.

The material of the interior trim and stairs is taken from fallen fir trees on the property of a neighbor. The site is also rehabilitated with native and drought-tolerant vegetation and pervious pavers.

By restoring the crest of the bluff with plantings, erosion can be prevented.

 

Structure

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It is a house that can capture shade and sunlight, designed to cool and heat itself passively as well. There is a wide range of features in this house that can collect rainwater and increase energy productivity, reducing the amount of energy used.

A central thermal mass core can be formed thanks to the large “spine” that runs east to west.

A massive wall helps this house to reduce temperature swings. With operable skylights, this wall also can apply cooling techniques. This wall also functions as a boundary between public and private spaces.

 

Details

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This house offers spaces with multiple functions. The roof of this home is a vegetated garden patio that provides a cozy place to relax, increasing the insulation of the house as well.

Sliding and bi-folding doors connect the smaller room and larger gathering spaces. These doors also can be connected to the outdoors to show that rooms can offer multiple functions.

 

 

 

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The final result of this project is a 2500 SF home that is environmentally friendly. This awesome house only uses 70% less energy than other typical, comparably-sized homes.

 

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