Designed in 2012 by Meditch Murphey Architects, this contemporary single household residence is positioned in Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States.
Description by Meditch Murphey Architects
We wished to…
…occupy the encompassing tree cover. The roofscape provides a treasured and underutilized connection to the outside on this tight city website.
…make use of pure passive methods together with pure shading, day lighting, and pure air flow.
…save water by using a 1,500-gallon cistern, drought-tolerant vegetation, a rain backyard, and pervious paving.
…present flexibility. The home transitions from one to 4 bedrooms by changing multipurpose areas. The first ground is one hundred% ADA adaptable and customer accessible, selling “growing old in place.”
…scale back carbon affect utilizing superinsulated partitions and roofs, geothermal wells, 6KW photo voltaic array, LED lighting, and an electrical automobile (photo voltaic-powered).
…educate the general public by providing pre- and put up-building excursions. Vocational faculty college students realized deconstruction strategies when eradicating the dilapidated, present home beforehand residing on the location.
We achieved these targets by…
The L-formed plan concurrently creates areas that obtain mild from a number of sides whereas selling cross-air flow. High ceilings and expansive operable glazing seamlessly combine indoor areas with the outside, whereas an indoor backyard enlivens the stair tower yr-spherical. The stair core additionally features as a passive air chimney. Computer-managed exterior louvers defeat photo voltaic acquire in summer time and optimize passive photo voltaic heating in winter.
The type of the constructing and its panorama are sculpted to retailer, filter, and reuse rainwater. Rooftop planters and vegetable gardens present thermal safety, storm-water administration, an abundance of seasonal meals, and a fowl’s-eye retreat.
The home’s walkability credentials are supported by close by outlets and public transportation. Integrated bike racks encourage householders to skip the automobile and begin pedaling.
Located in a longtime neighborhood of largely standard homes, this mission provokes a brand new mind-set about how we design, construct, and stay. The home is an built-in a part of the panorama, an affidavit to constructing sustainably with out sacrificing consolation and sweetness.
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