Ellis Residence / Coates Design

© Roger Turk/Northlight Photography

Perched high upon Yeomalt Bluff, the Ellis Residence enjoys a commanding 180-degree view of Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. The owners requested that the residence be sustainable, and the resulting design by is the first LEED Platinum home outside the city of Seattle.  Follow the break for more photographs and drawings.

Architects: Coates Design
Location: , Washington, USA
General Contractor: Smallwood Design and Construction
Landscape Architect: Outdoor Studio
Structural Engineering: Quantum Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Sound Mechanical
Interior Designer: All in the Details
Project Area: 2,560 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roger Turk/Northlight Photography

© Roger Turk/Northlight Photography

The owners had a special goal in mind when they decided to build a sustainable home in the beautiful surroundings of Bainbridge Island, WA. The owners’ goal was two-fold: they wanted to prove that sustainability can be achieved without compromising a modern aesthetic design and they wanted to motivate others to follow suit.

The design limits its impact on the environment with a multitude of sustainable practices. Through implementation of geothermal, photovoltaic, solar hot water, and advanced heat-recovery technologies this home has succeeded in reducing the energy consumption by more than 70% compared to a typical home construction. The home also makes use of rain water cisterns for irrigation of native landscaping and a vegetated roof. The project’s ecologically small footprint was not just constrained to the construction of the new house. Rather than demolishing the existing structure on the site, the team deconstructed, it effectively diverting 98% of its material from the landfill.

The home features intimate multi-use spaces that frame exceptional views of Seattle across Puget Sound. The view is best seen from the dining/living room’s large expanse of glass windows and doors that open out to a concrete patio. Another great location to capture the vistas beyond is the sunken concrete tub in the master bath and on the accessible vegetated roof. The anticipation of the owners, Ed and Joanne’s unique goal encompassed a 3 year process. This is a small price to pay when your home is a model of sustainability. Ed states it best when he describes the first morning in their home. “When I saw the sunrise with the skyline of Seattle as a backdrop the whole process was all worth it…”

Cite: "Ellis Residence / Coates Design" 16 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=104077>
  • Mike

    To put it simple: it looks like a warm & safe place. Great!

  • Frank

    This is a wonderful work of architecture that has simply been degraded with poor photography. Its a place in time, not a runway shoot.

  • Zaedrus

    By far one of my favorite projects featured here. It has all the right intentions and a very steady hand in detailing. Wonderful material palette inside and out, it’s warm and modern, and the siting and landscaping is simply masterful. The Pacific Northwest wins again. Well done, Coates Design!

  • Tim Smith

    Traditional wood cabin materials with a twist. The blend of wood and stone seem to harmonise with the environment and create a warm, homely feel.

  • http://stavimeusporne.cz/katalog/drevostavby/ Dřevostavby

    Simple amazing. Great job!