Friday, October 23, 2009

Pb elemental

Project name: River Bend
Project location: North Bend, Washington USA
Project Architect: Pb elemental - Chris Pardo, Dave Biddle
Project Structural: LEAD Consulting – Cory Fraser, Chris Nickerson
General Contractor: Jakes Development – Boyd Lybeck
Project Sqft: 3600 indoor 3000 sqft decking
Project Completion: 2009
Project Construction Timeline: 12 months
The River Bend residence sits at the base of Cascades in a heavily forested site on the bank of the Snoqualmie River. The home balances the client’s desire for privacy, while embracing nature. Many challenges faced the design and construction of this home low budget, sustainable desires, but most of all schedule. The client, a young family of four, located the site two weeks before legislation would change setbacks and make the site unbuildable. The challenge was to design and submit a sustainable home that would accommodate their existing family and could later be added on to as their family grew, before the change in legislation. The second challenge was accommodating the existing setbacks, protected old growth trees, septic drain fields, and the buildings proposed/future footprint. A seemingly simple bar diagram formulated the initial concept, living/entertaining on the ground floor, private bedrooms on the upper floor. In the future as the clients family grow a third bar was designed to bridge over the living room. Conceived as three masses (private, living, utilitarian) and three materials (wood, concrete/ metal), the River Bend Residence offers a low maintenance exterior and naturally light interior. The river can be heard from the 3000 sqft of exterior decks, while viewed from the upper deck. The forest surrounding the home was maintained to ensure wildlife habitat and reduce the homes impact on the site. Wild grasses and local plants were installed in areas affected by construction. The home features a geothermal in-ground heat loop and Desuperheater for free water heating during cooling season and reduced energy usage during heating seasons.
many thanks to Chris @ Pb elemental
for providing the text and images....


Anonymous paul Johnston said...

It's stunning work, and goes again to support my view that poured concrete and almost any wood element is just a perfect combination. Except for the wood maintenance part!

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