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Cape Russell Retreat / Sanders Pace Architecture

  • 01:00 - 20 January, 2010
Cape Russell Retreat / Sanders Pace Architecture
Cape Russell Retreat / Sanders Pace Architecture, © Jeffrey Jacobs
© Jeffrey Jacobs

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From the architect. The owners commissioned the architect to design and coordinate construction of an off-the-grid lakeside pavilion with integrated water reclamation and photovoltaic technology for weekend use. A lightweight steel structure was chosen for durability and ease of fabrication. This structure was shop fitted with tabs to allow for the attachment of a secondary skin. In developing this skin the desire for transparency coupled with a passive cooling approach led to a shop fabricated structural screen of 2x4 vertical cedar boards backed with insect screen. Structural blocking located between the vertical structure lends a delicate pattern to the structural skin camouflaging the structure within its densely wooded setting. Towards the water view the cedar skin dissolves and becomes a series of screen panels allowing unobstructed views to the water and mountains beyond. A single 8’x8’ sliding screen panel provides direct access to the water.

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Additionally the cedar screen provides the structure for the butterfly roof above that directs and delivers rainwater to a collection cistern located beside the structure. An internal charcoal filter and ultraviolet light treat the water for potable use. Rooftop mounted photovoltaic cells provide the necessary power to run the water pump, refrigeration, fans and lighting providing for a truly independent overnight living situation.

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Rachmadi Triatmojo · March 29, 2011

Very good design !

fkarchitects · March 29, 2011

This stunning off-the-grid lake house by Sanders Pace Architecture is only 175 square feet. What more do you need?

enrico · January 06, 2011

Oh, what a gorgeous little place to stay !

Felipe Campolina · July 22, 2010

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mark · February 01, 2010

Very thorough design and execution.

Michael Davis · January 27, 2010

Sanders Pace makes its internet blog debut:

Modern Zen Architecture · January 25, 2010

Finally! A nice tight design with water reclamation and photovoltaic technology. Well done. I can see how this can be mass produced and set in thousands of places across America, Europe, and Asia...

A · January 25, 2010

A big thumbs up. Very well done.

Liam · January 25, 2010

So beautiful and well detailed.
Big ups to Sanders Pace Architecture!

richie · January 22, 2010


Julianne Applegate · January 21, 2010

I love these guys! Great vacation place architechture

DESIGN*aRt::archive · January 21, 2010

architecture: Cape Russell Retreat, Tennessee, USA / Sanders Pace Architecture (12pics) (archdaily)

steve · January 21, 2010

I didn't see how the WC was incorporated.
Perhaps the abundance of trees is a solution.

le Mies van der Wright · January 21, 2010

Actually 47k doesn't seem much at all, considering this is an autonomous off-the-grid structure with PV, water cistern for collection and a treatment system. People pay that much for a kitchen remodel.

I think the detailing is superb - this is a masterful project.

INawe · January 20, 2010

$47k seems expensive considering the size of this project. However it is very well done.

Chris · August 24, 2010 07:03 AM

I feel you. I love small rustic getaways, but the price is outrageous for a screen porch with a sink, detailed as it may be. Off-grid systems are pricy, but I just don't see how those alone could drive it up to 47k.

I think it's a nice idea though, I'd like to do something similar someday... for about $100 a square foot... and maybe make it suitable for year-round use as well..

Matt · January 20, 2010

Very well crafted and detailed.


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