Peter Cohan completed the design of Cedar Park House, a gorgeous two-story residence, in Seattle, Washington. Breezy and bright, the relaxing home features an open space living room. The house was built to meet the needs of the clients, who wanted a stress-free living environment, strongly connected to the outdoors. The house opens up to the courtyard, where the owners can enjoy blissfully the natural surroundings.
“The Cedar Park responds directly to the predicament posed by the site – that its most desirable location is also its most fragile. The building is formed by the interaction of site-cast concrete walls and water-collecting roofs. At the same time the transparency of the house creates a seamless spatial experience, connecting inside and out.” Concrete meets wood, creating a wonderful modern and (rustic) organic home. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the natural light to flood the interior and create that perfect serene home ambience. The interior feels uncluttered and relaxed, offering to the owners freedom of movement and peace of mind. The living room boasts a wonderful fireplace and favours a stunning view over the bay.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.