We got so used to seeing home designs pay tribute to minimalism and functionality, that this particular residence and its splashes of personality surprised us in a pleasant manner. The Dorsey Residence on Bainbridge Island in Washington State was especially envisioned by Coates Design to maximize its footprint through the use of vertical space. Located on a waterfront propriety and anchored into the hillside, the residence showcases two completely different facades: one facing the street with an austere, closed appearance and the other, comprised of many windows, opening the interiors towards the green landscape.
Once inside, this seemingly anonymous home will reveal its true nature. Flooded in light, the interiors inspire space and allow the inhabitants to experience spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the neighboring waters. Color is tastefully present throughout, contributing to a dynamic social space. A generously-sized deck communicates with the living room and cantilevers from the home’s structure, providing a perfect bridge between the indoors and surrounding natural environment.
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.
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