Balance Associates Architects
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Capitol Hill

With a compact form and several integrated sustainable systems, the Capitol Hill Residence achieves the client’s goals to maximize the site’s views and resources while responding to its micro climate. Some of the sustainable systems are architectural in nature. For example, the roof rainwater collects into a steel entry water feature, day light from a typical overcast Seattle sky penetrates deep into the house through a central translucent slot, and exterior mounted mechanical shades prevent excessive heat gain without sacrificing the view. Hidden systems affect the energy consumption of the house such as the buried geothermal wells and heat pumps that aid in both heating and cooling, and a 30 panel photovoltaic system mounted on the roof feeds electricity back to the grid.

The minimal foundation sits within the footprint of the previous house, while the upper floors cantilever off the foundation as if to float above the front entry water feature and surrounding landscape. The house is divided by a sloped translucent ceiling that contains the main circulation space and stair allowing daylight deep into the core. Acrylic cantilevered treads with glazed guards and railings keep the visual appearance of the stair light and airy allowing the living and dining spaces to flow together.

While the footprint and overall form of the Capitol Hill Residence were shaped by the restrictions of the site, the architectural and mechanical systems at work define the aesthetic. Working closely with a team of engineers, landscape architects, and solar designers we were able to arrive at an elegant, environmentally sustainable home that achieves the needs of the clients, and fits within the context of the site and surrounding community.

(c) Steve Keating Photography

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side wall
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Escalera abierta
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Stairs canti
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Stair idea
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Front door
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March 19, 2014
above door is translucent
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February 12, 2014
Good stairs step
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cantilevered stair tread 2
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December 29, 2013
interesting stair design,, what is material on stair tread?
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December 24, 2013
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December 8, 2013
Nice frosted glass
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capito; hill
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July 14, 2013
Natural light
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July 14, 2013
good idea for how to attach the glass to stairs
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July 11, 2013
kalwall on roof
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June 11, 2013
where is this? china? that's what the ceiling looks like and outside. it's amazing.
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May 17, 2013
Here is the inside view of the door I just added to the idea book
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Good light
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February 28, 2013
is this what our design would look like? how wide is the hall way and stairs
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Translucent Roofing
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January 14, 2013
like the front entry with glass wall, dislike the stair facing the door
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December 5, 2012
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Glass panels w/ clips
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Whole thing
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nice stairs
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escalera entrada
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open staircase
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nice stairwell
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