Ward+Blake Architects completed the design for a residence located in a perfect natural setting in Wilson, Wyoming, United States. According to the architects, “the project was sited on a low lying wetland that demanded consideration due to a high water table. The solution to this problem was to elevate the house three feet above existing grade and to utilize an insulated slab on grade to avoid the probability of fostering mold growth in a crawl space“. Charming ponds, a neighboring forest and the mountains beyond make this dwelling a dream home.
Sustainability was a key factor to consider when developing the design: “Carbon footprint issues were addressed by utilizing 100% reclaimed material for the exterior siding and otherwise specifying materials that required no maintenance ie: cor-ten roofing and fascia detailing. New wood that was used received a water soluble lifetime finish that slowly weathered to a protective base coat over time. Wood sash windows of teak further reduced the exterior maintenance issues“. Enjoy the design and the views!
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.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.