This Eco-Friendly Residence Considers Site Impact

Heliotrope Architects designed the 'Suncrest Residence,' an eco-friendly residence located on Washington's Orcas Island.

Surrounded by a majestic pacific madrone forest, the home is a work of architecture that takes the ecologically sensitive site into consideration. In order to optimize for the view, the home is located in a rocky clearing that keeps the sea line visible. To remove as few trees as possible, the home wraps around an outcropping rock. Stormwater issues were addressed by piping rain leaders into a nearby pond, allowing for natural filtration. A roof garden deals with the excess.

The architects oriented the home along a narrow floorplan that allows every room a view of the sea, without compromising the overall connection to the forest. Wood and concrete were chosen as materials that would harmonize with the environment.