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Roundy Residence / The Miller Hull Partnership

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Location: Lopez Island, Washington 98261, USA
  • Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Consultants: Ascent Construction, Quantum Consulting Engineers, Northwest Mechanical
  • Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

© Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider © Benjamin Benschneider

From the architect. Located in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, the 10 acre site contrasts between gently rolling fields that abruptly terminate in a 100-foot-high bluff that drops to the water’s edge below. The juxtaposition between these two conditions led to the architectural concept.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

High westerly winds from the water blow against the bluff concentrating forces at the top. The house mediates this force by creating a wind break. Stretching along the bluff are the living areas, the entry porch and the garage. This north/south oriented wing is highly glazed to take advantage of the long range views over the bluff to the islands.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

In contrast, the private functions of the house, the bedrooms and guest rooms stretch east/west opening to protected garden areas and a terrace created on the leeward side. Doors open onto a south facing continuous porch with glazed roof. This area has been designed to take advantage of passive solar heating in the winter while providing shading during the summer months.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider

At the juncture of the house is a two-story tower element which contains an art studio and office space. A solar hot water array on the roof provides domestic hot water and augments the hot water hydronic floor heating.

© Benjamin Benschneider
© Benjamin Benschneider
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