Kicking Horse Residence by Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects
Five of the ten AIA Housing award winners were familiar to TreeHugger regulars and were rounded up earlier; here is a look at the rest of them.
It's a big weekend house for a family of five "that would allow for flexibility to accommodate larger groups of family and friends and provide a direct connection to the outdoors for seasonal recreation." It was built by a local contractor out of the local material: wood. " A project goal was to express the natural diversity of wood in the architecture."
There are some interesting technical features:
Given its function as a weekend retreat, the house was designed to perform for extended periods without occupancy. The design inherently reduces exposure to natural drainage patterns by limiting the building footprint, and we worked directly with the contractor to detail the below grade drainage system to perform most efficiently for the soils on site. Electrical, heating, and security systems are monitored and controlled remotely so the client is made immediately aware of any issues, and an emergency generator was supplied in case of power outage.
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